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Dear Auntie, I'm one of three assistant managers in my department. We're undergoing a restructure and will end up w...
Dear Auntie, I'm one of three assistant managers in my department. We're undergoing a restructure and will end up with just one deputy. Obviously we are all going for the position but as you might imagine the situation here is pretty tense as they two who don't get the job will effectively be demoted. I've decided that dirty tricks are the only way I'm going to get this job. Do you have any tips?

BD, Glasgow

Dear BD, I'm appalled at the suggestion that I might know some dirty tricks. However, there is a marvellous book I can point you in the direction of. It's called Slab rat and is by Ted Heller. It depicts the bitchy world of New York magazines and the lowdown, dirty tricks colleagues play on each other to get one up. It had me hooting out loud. Good luck.

Dear Auntie, I told a teensy-weensy white lie in my CV - that I know how to operate internet content management systems. I got the job and my new boss wants me to lead a multi-million pound computer project. What should I do?

JV, London

Dear JV, What are you so worried about? I bet your boss knows nothing about web systems. The marvellous thing about computers is that they are always changing, so tell your boss the best system for your council is one that you have never worked on before so you will need an army of techies to help you. Also, the people who lead the project never actually do the work, stupid. Have you never heard of delegation?

Dear Auntie, None of my colleagues seem to like me. Whenever I walk into the room everyone goes silent. No one ever wants to go for a drink with me.

And last time we had an office lunch there was lots of manoeuvring so no one would have to sit next to me. What should I do?


Dear Anonymous, Being a council chief executive is not meant to be an easy ride. Deal with it - at least you are paid more than your underlings.

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