bad week at work 1. one of my reports is a lazy bastard. I know that, but I inherited him and fired the other guy I inhereted, so I can't really fire him to quickly. I was hoping to turn him around. anyway, over the past 6 weeks he has gone over my head twice. basically, I ask my team to do something that we didn't do in the past, and he disagrees, we discuss, I tell him that he has to live with it, and he emails me a strong letter of disagreement, cc'ing my boss. twice in 6 weeks. my boss is great, though, and doesn't support his shit. but then I have to get into a whole discussion with him about it, why this isn't the right way to go about it, etc. I basically told him that the next time he thinks about doing it he should talk to his wife and decide if this is the right time for him to be looking for a job, because I am going to take it to mean he doesn't want to be on my team. 2. my ceo - my ceo doen'st understand what I do, at all. it is sort of like magic to him. pretty much the only interaction that I get from my boss is when he tries to get me to slow down, and, effectivly, do less work. the guy before me brought on board and managed 6 distributors around the world over a course of 20 years. I was brought on to improve sales, but every time I try and do something different it freaks my ceo out. I've brought on board and trained 30 some new partners in 6 months, and now my ceo is having a fit about it, becouse he doesn't understand how I can do this, when for 20 years he was told it was impossible. so he is fighting me to slow down. the trouble is, I can't go back to a distributor that I have courted and who has invested money in training and so on and ask him to wait a year, without expecting repurcussions in the market. Managing your superiors is often more important than your subordinates. Work on it.