I know it’s supposed to be 15 minutes of fame, but that isn’t my life. Also, I’m sure that my fury will last longer than 15 minutes. However, it apparently takes less than 15 minutes of access to my work email to set me off.
It’s like this… my former boss (now colleague) is a narcissist. We will call him Dr. B. Dr. B and I have a bit of a history. We worked really well together for the 1-1.5yrs because I was new and still learning. Once I started to get good at my job, and didn’t run to him every second of the day (consequently, not listening for hours on end to his repetitive stories about how he’s been wronged over the past 20 years), he started to be less supportive of me. I wrote a report and originally had him as a co-author. However, the other co-author told me to take both names off the report. So I did that. BIG MISTAKE. Dr. B hasn’t been the same to me since. He refused to even look at the report for over a year. He told upper management that he intentionally set it aside because his name wasn’t on it. He never once asked me why (although I did tell him why) his name wasn’t on it, and I offered to add it back if he thought it was appropriate. The other co-author, who is much higher ranked and respected in the company than Dr. B, called him and apologized profusely for 20 minutes saying that it was his fault that Dr. B’s name was left off because of bad advice he gave me. Once I had the second co-author’s approval, I put both names on the report. It took Dr. B two more months to review it, and he added two more people to it (because they did some work on the same materials at some point in time that had no impact on this work) and made revisions that don’t even make sense. Then he has the nerve to ask me why the report hasn’t been published.
Fast forward to the 15 minutes I spent checking my email today. I found out via a circuitous route that in my absence, Dr. B and the new girl have written a report on a project that Dr. B and I started a year and a half ago. We did the ground work and I have the dated notes in my research notebook. (Unfortunately not witnessed because I didn’t know that sort of thing needed to be done, and at that time I still trusted Dr. B to have scientific integrity.) I set up the instrument to collect the data for the method – until Dr. B stepped in and changed it because I am so obviously incompetent. Since I was never on the distribution list for this report, I can only conclude that my name is not on it and my input is not wanted. One could argue that since I am not in the office due to my short term disability (STD) they didn’t want to trouble me or wait for my return. But Dr. B has no problem sending me emails when he wants something. You also might say, well, perhaps your name is on it and you just don’t know it, but I rather doubt it. This is the same man who has taken every opportunity to publicly discredit me in the past year.
Backstabbing, lying, hypocrite.
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