I'm a manager responsible for company's Supply in a big geographical region. My budget comes from the budget of the region.
As a result I have 2 bosses: my formal boss (1) is the head of the international Supply but my second boss (2) is the head of the region. I'm dependent on the regional boss for my budget and I need to explain to them my finances and performance. I negotiate my budget with them independently or almost independently from my "formal boss". My formal boss (1) has no direct power over my budget - he needs to request budget from (2) if he wants to perform his own projects in my region.
Now (1) decided, without my ok, to devote a considerable part of my budget on his pet project. The project is organized in my region but it's directed by (1) independently from me. I don't control it, have 0 influence on how it's developed. I wasn't consulted on it.
I'm not sure to what extent this situation is usual. It feels my opinion was ignored but it might be I'm overthinking it. What's the way to tackle it?
The topic is 1) about the decision but 2) above all about the process. Because I do understand that priorities change and need to be discussed. But: the decision was taken without my participation. I learnt about it from my formal manager's report who requested the money. And no, it's not the first time.