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A Frustrated Financial Analyst Crafts a Revenge Plan Against a Toxic Manager With a Surprising Outcome That No One Saw Coming.

When an obnoxious manager starts undermining a diligent data analyst (OP), tensions rise in the financial firm. The OP seeks payback during a critical board meeting and executes a meticulously planned revenge, but the story is far from over.

New Sheriff in Town

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OP, a data analyst for a financial firm, welcomes a new line manager. Although generally enjoying rapport with colleagues, the new manager proves to be a thorn in the side. The OP is perplexed about how this manager, seemingly ignorant of the industry, secured his position.

The Unpleasant Ritual

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Routine presentations to the board become a political battleground for visibility by senior management. The new manager insists on reviewing OP’s slides and then attempts to undermine him with questions about the very information he just learned. “Really awful behavior,” OP notes.

A Shift in Strategy

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Recognizing the manager’s tactics, OP becomes cautious about the information shared. In one instance, he manages to make the manager look foolish with carefully planted questions. However, this victory backfires as the manager begins to steal the OP’s presentations for his own.

Time for Petty Revenge

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OP’s frustration reaches a boiling point, prompting him to exact a form of petty revenge. He includes unrelated slides in his presentation, skillfully skipping over them when presenting to the manager. The real show is set to begin at the board meeting.

The Kangaroo Incident

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The board meeting commences with the manager presenting an unexpected image of a baby kangaroo displayed amidst the Q3 earnings. The manager, caught off guard, struggles through the following slides. The board is both surprised and confused.

An Unexpected Celebrity Cameo

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Just as the manager regains some composure, a photoshopped picture analysis’s photo is displayed on the bare chest of Tom Brady, the renowned football player. The board’s annoyance is palpable, believing the manager to be making a mockery of the meeting. Yet, the final surprise is yet to come.

The Final Straw

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The concluding slide, traditionally an invitation for questions, features an inappropriate background image – a bikini picture of the CEO’s adult daughter from her Instagram account. As OP recalls, “Manager quickly made his apologies and left.”

Deflecting Blame

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Following the disastrous meeting, the manager confronts OP, who plays innocent. OP feigns ignorance, suggesting a possible hack. “I don’t know how that happened; it was all fine when we went through it before! Must be a hacker!”

An Unlikely Believer

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The manager, clueless about technology, reluctantly accepts OP’s excuse. The OP remarks he realized the manager knew he was involved but couldn’t prove anything.

The Fall of the Manager

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The board takes swift action, demoting the manager to a more junior position. His credibility and respect are obliterated. However, this isn’t the end of the story.

The Aftermath

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In the wake of the manager’s fall from grace, OP continues his work undisturbed for a time. The office dynamic shifts noticeably, and everyone seems relieved at the manager’s demotion. Yet, a surprising turn of events awaits.

The Unexpected Promotion

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Six months after the fiasco, the board promotes OP to the manager’s former position. It’s a surprising twist that sees OP replacing the very person who had been a constant source of frustration. “Six months later, I got promoted to the role he had vacated.”

A New Start

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In his new role, OP claims to demonstrate the leadership qualities the former manager lacked. With the toxic manager removed and OP leading the team, the office environment improved dramatically. However, OP is mindful of the power dynamics and the unexpected twists and turns that can occur in any corporate setting, ensuring he remains a vigilant and fair leader.

Was The Man’s Behavior Appropriate?

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The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responded

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One reader said, “There used to be someone at a former job who took credit for everything his team did and never gave credit. I wasn’t on his team, but I knew what was going on, and I hated him for it.”

Another Viewpoint

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Another responder wrote: “Honestly, as a manager, I love praising the efforts of my team and how awesome they are. They did the work, they get the credit.”

Different Perspective

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A different person states, “The slide of the CEO’s daughter is actually really gross to me.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

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