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My Co-Worker Fears Me


"How do you manage the situation when your operational counterpart thinks you are trying to do their job?"

This question was asked at a recent webinar, now available on-demand:

"The Art (and some Science) of Great FP&A"

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Kenneth Fick, CFO and VP of Finance & Analysis, Dreamscape Marketing responded:

"If they think that, then, either you are not communicating what you want to do effectively, they are not actually doing their job and you somehow have to deal with it so you can get your job done. The flip of the coin of this argument is if you are annoying someone and you have a clear objective that will have defined, measurable results then who cares what they think. Sometimes you just have to annoy people to move things forward, but I would tread carefully."


Ernie Humphrey CTP
Title: CEO & COO
Company: Treasury Webinars
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(CEO & COO, Treasury Webinars) |

Approach this head on and have a conversation about it. Perception becomes reality and this could just be your perception. You can say, "I hope I am not stepping on your toes this is what I am doing and why. I would love your hell as you know about this than I do. "Unfortunately, at times that is exactly what you need to do when your professional reputation within the company is on the line

(Agent, JKS Solutions, Inc.) |

You might want to explain what you need from them to perform your job including deadlines, and then ask them what they need from you. It sounds to me like you are needing more information than you are getting from the other person and you are making up the difference by pulling information from their part of the process and it makes them feel like you are interfering and they are probably getting a lot of questions from others as to why you now need all the extra stuff they never needed to provide in the past. Talk to your boss and have them delineate what you are responsible for doing, and then you can let your co worker know what your needs and deadlines are.


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