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 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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