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Simple task but what a saga...
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I am looking forward for today as I finally (very hopeful!!) closed a saga by addressing directly with a team member face to face despite various failed attempt to blackmail me by email. I tried to help by clearly saying this is going to be a saga but the subject refused profusely it’s not! Not only that I offered to assist by sitting down and do the task together but was rejected, the task eventually not completed by the subject. And guess what, the task is, ‘update comments on One Note SharePoint’ and that’s basically it... What a waste of time and energy for everyone..

Would be good to hear how you deal with similar saga or turn it to your advantage?
Interestingly saw a thread raised by Drake and felt a great suggestion ‘email stop at 5’ https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussi...s-Email-thread-
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In order to give a sustained opinion, I need to understand what lies behind: "various failed attempt to blackmail me by email"
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1 reply by Suzi MS
Sep 29, 2019 11:51 AM
Suzi MS
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Thanks for pointing out Luis, blackmail may be overstated but I termed that way simply due to uselessness of the subject’s attempts to frame some other people other than ownself.
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Hi Suzi,

I assume that the “subject” is reporting to you on a project and that he/she doesn’t formally report to you, furthermore, it sounds like they are rejecting your authority to direct tasks on the project.

I would believe that if this is a chartered project, that you would have the means to remedy this situation via your management and/or sponsor. If this is an informal project without “project accountability structures in place” and you have already tried to coach the subject without positive results then I would say that you should release the resource back to their normal duties.

I know the frustration of getting late-night “unhappy” e-mails. Unfortunately, in my experience, individuals who are driven to take that route in repetitive form after you have attempted to reconcile the issue/concern in daytime hours is someone you should simply let go (both physically and emotionally). It’s not worth the frustration, and issuing 5:00 pm cutoff e-mail mandates will not help someone who is not managing their emotions well in the workplace, in-fact it might trigger them even more.
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1 reply by Suzi MS
Sep 29, 2019 12:43 PM
Suzi MS
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Hi George, you’re spot on, indeed an informal project as we are encouraged to manage certain responsibilities and/or accountabilities as ‘projects’. I felt this individual (maintaining gender neutrality here), potentially due to lack of maturity, had misused such privilege strangely for reasons no one else knows and interestingly for whatever reason I was asked by our practice lead to guide the subject where relevant, which I had done. Funny you mentioned ‘release back to their normal duties’ made me think this might well be the reason - the subject’s previous manager is now hiring someone new. The good news is for that specific task, for me its a ‘case closed’ and next one please...
Thanks so much George for your valuable thoughts much appreciated, it tells a lot about your extensive experience in the industry!
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Sep 28, 2019 3:58 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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In order to give a sustained opinion, I need to understand what lies behind: "various failed attempt to blackmail me by email"
Thanks for pointing out Luis, blackmail may be overstated but I termed that way simply due to uselessness of the subject’s attempts to frame some other people other than ownself.
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Sep 28, 2019 6:32 PM
Replying to George Freeman
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Hi Suzi,

I assume that the “subject” is reporting to you on a project and that he/she doesn’t formally report to you, furthermore, it sounds like they are rejecting your authority to direct tasks on the project.

I would believe that if this is a chartered project, that you would have the means to remedy this situation via your management and/or sponsor. If this is an informal project without “project accountability structures in place” and you have already tried to coach the subject without positive results then I would say that you should release the resource back to their normal duties.

I know the frustration of getting late-night “unhappy” e-mails. Unfortunately, in my experience, individuals who are driven to take that route in repetitive form after you have attempted to reconcile the issue/concern in daytime hours is someone you should simply let go (both physically and emotionally). It’s not worth the frustration, and issuing 5:00 pm cutoff e-mail mandates will not help someone who is not managing their emotions well in the workplace, in-fact it might trigger them even more.
Hi George, you’re spot on, indeed an informal project as we are encouraged to manage certain responsibilities and/or accountabilities as ‘projects’. I felt this individual (maintaining gender neutrality here), potentially due to lack of maturity, had misused such privilege strangely for reasons no one else knows and interestingly for whatever reason I was asked by our practice lead to guide the subject where relevant, which I had done. Funny you mentioned ‘release back to their normal duties’ made me think this might well be the reason - the subject’s previous manager is now hiring someone new. The good news is for that specific task, for me its a ‘case closed’ and next one please...
Thanks so much George for your valuable thoughts much appreciated, it tells a lot about your extensive experience in the industry!

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