So here's the situation...
My direct supervisor and the interim department director (an assistant director) are on the outs. There is obvious tension between the two of them and they have openly disagreed with one another in staff meetings. I don't know the real cause, but I'm pretty sure my direct supervisor feels he is being micromanaged and circumvented by our interim director. This is a very distinct possibility since our interim director was previously in a two-man shop in a smaller town and might be having trouble letting go of tasks.
It appears to me that the two of them are not communicating with one another. The interim director has assigned me a few tasks without going through my direct supervisor or even telling him. Also, the interim director has gotten more involved in our downtown master plan kind of late in the game, which has been my direct supervisor's baby.
Today the Interim Director came in, shut the door, and asked me if I knew what my supervisor's issues might be with him. I make it a point to stay out of crap like this, but I'm not getting much choice about the awkward position I'm in. In addition, I know the interim director is processing an out-of-cycle raise for me because of some changes in my qualifications and new job duties. I am not sure if my direct supervisor knows this.
I would really like some advice on how to handle this. I want to stay the hell out of it, but I may get pulled in more and more. I did not give the interim director much of an answer on what I thought the issues were, subtly hinting that I try to avoid getting into the office politics.
I'm thinking about stopping by the Interim Director's office and suggesting that he take my supervisor to lunch and try to get to the bottom of everything. This seems like a good idea because it will force them to communicate and gets them to a neutral site. Thoughts? Anything I should be watching for?