November 01, 1999
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November 1999

Dear Answer Lady,
As an assistant to a corporate meeting planner, I hope one day to become a full-fledged planner myself. But my boss refuses to show me the ropes or let me do anything that has to do with the actual planning process. She insists on doing everything herself and acts threatened when I show interest in getting more involved. What can I do?
Held Back

Dear Held Back,
There are bosses who nurture their staffs, working to expand their skill sets and encouraging them to reach their potential. Then there are bosses like yours: insecure, intimidated by ambition, unwilling to share information. To them, an employee's simple desire to better himself represents a challenge to the throne. Without question, you have to let your boss know you're unhappy, but emphasize that you require her guidance to do your job better. Don't think of it as kissing up. The aim is to put your boss at ease about your intentions and put to rest questions about your loyalty.
Yours in Planning,
The Answer Lady

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