Originally Posted by HRoi
i have a little empathy for your boss, given that my supervisory jobs are usually over a group of people who know a lot more than me about the job, and/or have specialized skills, licenses and certificates that i don't have. but usually i'm brought in to get the group to think differently, or change direction, or be more efficient.
but i like to think that i am different than him in that i seek out the people who know their shit, but also are willing to change and help me reach my goals - these guys are gold because they will stop me from fucking things up, but also know what i'm trying to accomplish and help me find a better way. i don't know if there are any parallels between this and your situation, but if there are - a little unsolicited advice: are you interested in being that guy? because if you figure out what he's trying to accomplish for your department and help him get there in a better way, then you're now the go-to guy instead of the one that always says no.
This is definitely legit advice. It was actually my tack in the early weeks and months after he became my supervisor. I became his go-to guy on a lot of things, and he tended to heed my advice. He did the same thing with some other people in our group on subject matter that isn't my specialty. He also acknowledged at that point that he wasn't sure if he was going to just try to play the manager role and let us do our thing or actually learn the work.
The problem is that he's apparently chosen the latter, and he seems to think he's already got enough experience to ignore our input and press forward with ideas to which we object. He's not there yet, and it will be quite a while before he is (at least another year). He doesn't do it every time, but it's infuriating (and a little embarrassing for our group) when he ignores all advice to the contrary and pushes forward with an idea that's completely inappropriate or destined to be shot down later on.