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New bosses need new attention

Q.  I was brought into this company ten years ago by the chief executive officer. He mentored me, promoted me and constantly showed me he approved of my work and me. A new CEO was hired when my mentor retired to a senior consulting position two years ago. He brought in several new people, and in the beginning he was very nice to me and kept telling me I do a great job. The last few months he's been distant in the office, but acts very chummy to me when the former CEO is present. I don't' know if he's trying to get rid of me, if I should say something to him, or just put my head down and hope for the best.

Ans. It is usual for new bosses to surround themselves with their special choices, but you can try to become one of those. It might be productive to ask him out to lunch, or to a private meeting in his office, and during that friendly time chat about how much you enjoy working for him and that you find he's doing a very good job and you hope you are too. He may feel insecure around you since you were a favorite of the former CEO. Don't "write lines or a script" for him and imagine what he's feeling or doing. Just start an action plan to mend any fences that may or may not be there.

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