Warning this post will contain some bragging, self praise and generalisations. Please page back now if these things offend you.
I have been working for my current employer for the last 7 or so years. He's seen me through some fairly shaky times, enabled my tree change dreams but the biggest gift he's given me is his support.
I work in a testosterone industry where most women are employed in a clerical/support capacity. It is gradually changing but it's a slow torturous process. Anyway I've been with him since the infancy of his business and have worked my way through the business and am now the sole xx contributor to the Senior Management Team.
When I was initially appointed the reception I got made me believe that Climate Change was a crock because frosty is about 200 degrees above where we were. Since that time I've had to put up with a fair amount of covert and not so covert attempted sabotage along with all the other pleasantries that insecure men like to dish out. I decided that I'd let them knock themselves out because while they were focussing on me I was focussing on the end game and beating them in the only way they understand - results.
Suffice to say the more butt I kicked the more narky they got, the more influence I earned, and note I use the word earn because I bloody earnt every bit, the worse they became. It's driving them nuts and I just keep smiling.
So 2011 rolls around and the war games begin again, you'd think they'd be sick of it but no I'm still the object of all their strategies and plans and although I have a bit of a giggle about some of the crap they carry on with it just becomes tiresome. I mean really it's been 2 years now, newsflash - I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE well except for the day when I become your Boss. Can't wait for that one.
I truly don't understand how anyone can be so insecure that they sabotage themselves because all their energy is devoted to someone else.
How do you deal with passive aggressive behaviour?