What Goes Around Comes Around

What Goes Around Comes Around

One negative memory that I hold from the last Presidential election is that of Michael Flynn leading crowds in the chant of “Lock her up!” He was, of course, referring to candidate Hillary Clinton. Just recently, the same Michael Flynn (who, for a short while, served as the National Security Advisor) pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, a crime that can carry a five-year jail sentence.

There are days I want to be that proverbial “fly on the wall.” Was Hillary watching her tv yelling, “Lock him up! Lock him up!” I also wonder what former acting US Attorney General Sally Yates felt. You remember that she was fired after warning the President and Congress about Flynn being potentially compromised by Russia. Do they feel somewhat avenged or take some satisfaction in the turn of events?

During your career, there will probably be many times that you feel you were treated unfairly by a boss or a supervisor, or that you were undermined by a colleague. Perhaps you were blamed for something you didn’t do or for which you weren’t responsible. Maybe a co-worker set you up, or a boss simply disliked you. How can you handle these types of situations?

You may express surprise and ask for more information, but try not to react while angry. Never make any threats. Don’t make counter charges or accusations. Instead, take some time to get your thoughts and any helpful documentation together, then ask for a meeting to further discuss your issue. If you were responsible for a failure or misstep, be up front about it. Ask how you can help remedy the situation or avoid such issues in the future.

If your concern involves your boss, you may want to speak with a representative from your Human Resources department. Think about your next steps carefully. Human Resources simply act on your feelings. What do you have to substantiate your claim?

What doesn’t work? Emotional outbursts. Blaming others. Sabotage. Trying to access the emails or files of your boss or co-workers (you will be fired for this). Using social media to discredit your boss, colleague, or company. Quitting on the spot (never a good idea). Engaging in childish and unprofessional behavior, including using profanity. Actively seeking revenge.

It may take time for the truth to come out, for you to feel that you and your reputation have been vindicated. It may require patience, or even taking the high road. But life has taught us that, quite often, “what goes around comes around.” Like the example above, there is some comfort in that.
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