Today's Dilbert hits the nail directly on the head. Despite emphasis on corporate-culture-improvement hoo-hah that's fed to employees these days, we realize that it is all eye wash. Although the intent is to make us feel secure as empowered individuals working toward the same goals, the net effect is to suck the initiative out of each and every one us. Performing a good job is expected. Anything more than what is expected is greeted with a pat on the head or admonishment, depending upon who else is affected. Thus, few people step up to the plate, and they do so at their own peril. That's why our managers and supervisors appear to get away with asking the obvious questions and making self-evident observations, as if it somehow demonstrates superior insight. Bottom line: it all boils down to CYA.
I think this has happend to everyone at some point.
So many times I have discussed something with someone. Expecting them to automatically do thier part of the project, since I had thought it was obvious that they knew what they had to without me asking. (I didn't ask because I felt it would be patronising) Then then project gets held up and th excuse was that no one asked them to do it! Even though it was implied and fudging obvious.
ha ha - that's why he is the boss - knows exactly what to ask - happened many times to me - i assumed this or that is so obvious that i needn't ask - fell flat on my face when i had to hear afterwards from my boss - why didn't u ask