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Give Him A Little Power And It’ll Go Right To His Head

, , , , | Working | September 24, 2021

[Coworker] has been with the company for years. He was at the same level as me in another department but was desperate to get promoted up to a manager position. However, every time he went for a vacancy, he was denied — not enough experience or not a good fit. I have to admit I would agree; he is a good guy but lacks the ability to lead others or multitask.

Eventually, they made a manager position for him; basically, it was his old role but he had a new title and some additional responsibilities. 

We were chatting and I was congratulating him.

Me: “Great news! I’m really happy for you.”

Coworker: “Thanks! It’s been a long time coming. Anyway back to work.”

Me: “Sure, catch up later, okay?”

He stepped away, thought for a moment, and then came back.

Coworker: “Oh, could you send me over the [reports], please?”

Me: “Oh, sure. I have mine nearly done, anyway.”

Coworker: “No, I need the one for [His Department].”

Me: “I don’t have that one. Don’t you normally do it?”

Coworker: “Well, yes, I suppose that’s true, but I’ve been very busy with the new responsibilities.”

Me: “I will see what I can do.”

Coworker: “Thanks. I think you will go far!”

I sat back and watched him wander off, stunned at his arrogance. He isn’t my boss and never will be. I was going to help with his report but decided there and then not to. He later complained to my boss that I’m not a “team player” but was reminded that he has to do his own work and that this promotion was still a trial to see how he managed.

He stopped giving out orders after that.