Several months ago, there was just one department and let’s say, Alex is the director this department and he reports to the CEO. I report directly to Alex.
A new personal was hired (Joe) and he split the department into two and he reports directly to the CEO. He seems to be the yes-man for the CEO (given that he was allowed to split the department and reports to the CEO instead of Alex). This was a new position and it didn’t exist before.
Joe is implementing a process change that is affecting the entire team managed by Alex. Joe’s team has setup several meetings/training that severely (and negatively) impacts my team and the project I am responsible for.
I have not received any communication from Alex’s office saying that he approves of this change and/or that we should attend the meetings/trainings.
In an email conversation couple weeks ago with Joe, Alex and myself, Joe mentioned that my team will not be affected by this change and things would continue to work as before.
I am trying to communicate this issue with my supervisor Alex, but he is in vacation (or was he forced to take a vacation?).
How do I politely deny these training/meeting request organized by Joe’s department?
Joe is not Alex's boss. He is probably at the same level as Alex (or lower, I would say).