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    Inter-departmental beefs

    The Director of the Eco. Dev. department was unprofessional in how she handled a situation with my department (basically airing her grievances with lower level staff in front of a developer). We has some tense words yesterday about the development review process and a specific project but didn't really discuss her handling of the situation. Should I confront her about her actions and how she should address future concerns about my department or do I just let it die?

    Part of me feels that I should say something but another part of me feels as if we should just move on and perhaps once there is some distance from yesterday's exchange that I bring it up then.

    Thoughts?


    Background: Personally and professionally we've always gotten along in the past.

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    If you don't address it, it will happen again IMO. Better to get ahead of it now.
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    How I would handle this would depend on you ED director's personality. Assuming if you take a head on that she would take offense I would take this tact:

    I would mention that she raised an issue about one of your staffers and you would like more background on it so you can, as his/her supervisor, can take a corrective action if necessary. This way you can address the issue without coming off as accusatory and she will probably be more for open which will give you the ability to address your concerns with what she said.
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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    Should I confront her about her actions and how she should address future concerns about my department or do I just let it die?

    Part of me feels that I should say something but another part of me feels as if we should just move on and perhaps once there is some distance from yesterday's exchange that I bring it up then.

    Background: Personally and professionally we've always gotten along in the past.
    Its been a couple of days. If she hasn't apologized for her unprofessional behavior (or having a bad day or whatever) I'd take care of it this week and work it out. No one denigrates my staff in public.
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    I would go with Brocktoon's approach if this incident was just amongst staff, but he included a 3rd party member of the public (developer). For that, I would likely come out guns-a-blazin' with a pretty direct and rather terse rebuke of his behavior. That is wholly unacceptable and he should know better. Plus, bashing his own city doesn't really help him to do his job of attracting businesses to said city.

    If you don't say something, it absolutely WILL happen again.

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    A talk with her once you feel like you have cooled down enough to discuss it professionally might be in order. Clear the air, make it clear why it was not acceptable and work out how it won't happen in the future.

    If that doesn't work, then release the dogs of war!
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