NOW UPDATED WITH NEXT-DAY COMMENTARY AND CLARIFYING REMARKS
No longer must you suffer through recipes and recitations of how many sips it takes to finish my cup of morning coffee. Something has actually happened worthy of reporting. And it’s big.
I out-bitched an entire IT department. At work.
I dug in my heels and made them bend to what I thought what right. It’s a watershed moment because I used to be too bashful-slash-unknowledgeable about rules and requirements to pipe up but I know I’m right about this. So while I blew my cover as an agreeable and reasonable colleague, I know I did the right thing in terms of integrity over convenience. Because I am charged with representing the voice of the user of the IT product.
Two future flies in my celebratory ointment:
1. I might get overruled by the highest authorities because of issues I don’t know about. And there’s a lot I don’t -rightfully- know about. *drum roll please* The highest authorities backed me up. Would it be unseemly to forward that email with the words “you are right about this” highlighted in yellow?
2. While I’m feeling mighty and righteous professionally, I’m feeling weak and bad about myself personally because I had to played the bitch card. It’s like I handed an adversary an excuse for why I should not be taken seriously at the next encounter. In the clear light of day, I can say that now that it’s been proven that I know what I’m talking about the real problem here is that I will get a swelled head and start exhibiting a v. bossy attitude. Act surprised.