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About Polymath20

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  1. Thanks for your insight, everything you say seems to line up very well with my experiences with my coworker, so I'm fairly confident of my observation. We're starting to adapt to each other's very different priorities. I just shared with him one of the ideas that I was cooking up (a sandbox lab) that solves a very specific problem - and he did not react negatively to it! Since I'm an ENTP, I'm very comfortable with vastly open-ended projects, ideas, and directions. I'm perfectly fine just guessing, checking, and trying again. You mentioned that you strongly prefer to have a very cut-and-dried delivery of work (my reading on the subject mirrors this). So, for the sake of my coworker, I shouldn't talk about big open-ended business terms and philosophies (he immediately categorizes those as irrelevant ) but instead be as mundane and direct as possible, straight down to the bottom line. I want to implement X to solve Y. When I put things like that, he's very good at poking holes in my ideas and helping to form them into better ideas. I think that we could become a pretty formidable team.
  2. Good point. My reading on the subject, as previously alluded to, has said that Aspie's really don't like small talk or really any irrelevant conversation. It's just so weird to try and recalibrate my approach to these sorts of problems because I have so much practice in manipulating communicating with neurotypical folks. My subconscious just calls a HALT whenever I think of being as blunt and direct as needed.
  3. This is rather interesting. This could very well explain my observation that my coworker gets "bogged down" in irrelevant details So, if you were discussing a project or something with someone and they needed to convey to you that some of the details you're focusing on aren't relevant - how should they approach that?
  4. This has occurred to me. I've made it my mission to single handedly bring us back.
  5. He's incapable of seeing the big picture. He gets bogged down in minutia and forgets the entire reason we have jobs. Pointing it out to him just results in a faint shrug and change of subject. Unfortunately I now work for a much smaller company, so lateral options are limited.
  6. Very astute and concise. What can I do about it?
  7. Yes I've begun pointing it out. But our boss is highly conflict avoidant. ...... added to this post 2 minutes later: When it comes to what our customers need, he's beyond reasoning with. He's completely stuck in the mindset that he knows better than any and all of them. Also, no he's not a decision maker or even a stakeholder. He's just been there long enough to have ingrained his negativity into the department. ...... added to this post 4 minutes later: While I understand what you mean perfectly, explaining business acumen to someone who has demonstrated a habitual and deep inability to comprehend business needs is a highly dubious goal.
  8. That is a good point. I have found that my coworker is highly responsive to empirical observations and measurements. The biggest problem I struggle with him on is his myopic or egocentric beliefs. I doubt these are explicit beliefs, but his behavior demonstrates things such as he believes all of our customers are idiots and are completely incapable of doing anything that we do. He also acts as if the business needs are dictated by what he believes to be best, not what the business is actually asking of us. This has made our department increasingly irrelevant as our customers have gone elsewhere to satisfy their needs. Anything specifically pointing at how to deal with these issues would be ultra helpful.
  9. My coworker has not shared a formal diagnosis, however he does fit the bill perfectly for high function ASD. He's a major stickler for protocol and process, gets bogged down with minutia, is incredibly blunt, is apparently impossible to offend (while himself being very offensive), lacks all social grace. As you can imagine, there are some difficulties in working with this guy. I've been reading up on the subject and it's been incredibly helpful. I understand how he functions better and can work with it, rather than fight it. Have you worked with an Aspie or high functioning ASD? What stories can you share? Any books to recommend?
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  11. I can see how that could be a fast paced environment. You must be agile in order to stay competitive, thus you have a business imperative to adapt quickly and hire people that can do the same. My current organization has no such imperatives (and this is doubly true for my team). The shop I'm going to is a production private cloud team, so there is a strong business imperative to stay on top of things.
  12. What industry are you in?
  13. Yeah it's essentially reversed here. I said "got on my level" and they were like "no do it for us".
  14. Wow gang, the response seems to be unanimous and also quite specific. Some points to respond to: @Distance - you're absolutely right, it's all a bit hand-wavy. I was really put off by the number of times my boss said "I can promise that <something will change>" @Kricket - very good point. There's only so much someone at literally the bottom rung of the ladder can do @Warrior - The position I'm going to is, I think, essentially perfect for me. If I were to hold off a few weeks I'm sure they'd be okay with it (they desperately need someone with my skills). @EPMD - well, the difference in salary between current gig and new gig is only $6k. When you already have a 6 figure salary, it's pretty inconsequential. @True Rune - very well put. Concise, impactful. @Muse - yeah that is my attitude as well. some older-fashioned folks still believe in company loyalty, but I've seen and heard more and more business people say you should only stay at a job 3 years. That's the market today. People move around often. It's better because it allows someone to move up and gain experience quickly while also making room for new people to backfill them. ...... added to this post 0 minutes later: Oh, also, thanks everyone for your insights and experiences. I knew I could count on you pragmatic folks.
  15. I've left at least one job in the past because I was impatient with the change. I had been hired as part of that initiative to change and grow and adapt, but I found that the entrenched culture and momentum of many things (plus the unwritten power structure) were completely insufferable. I'm about to take a new job because it's more of a sure thing. It has some practical advantages over my current job (resume, more challenging, slightly higher pay, etc). My current boss really doesn't want me to leave because I'm so valuable. He has said that he wants to drive a lot of change here, and that he hired me because I could "take things to the next level". So is it worth it to stick it out to see if "taking things to the next level" pans out? I have a visceral reaction against that thought due to my past experiences with how incredibly rigid companies can be. Terrible managers stick around while good ones are run off and affecting any sort of meaningful change is damn near impossible. So, all in all, being part of the change has not been worth it in my career. I'd much rather just go to a company that's already doing the stuff I want to be doing, instead of maybe doing it in the future here. tl;dr - I believe that companies are too slow and too rigid, thus it is better to find an environment that already fits you, rather than trying to mold your current environment to fit you. Thoughts?