This is a continuation of my earlier post here.
Summary: I flagged potentially reputation-damaging mistake to my supervisor. They refused to acknowledge that it was an error, and based their decision on the advice of a co-worker who had out-dated knowledge and experience. Based on the advice of SE, I let it go and documented everything carefully.
Now: It turned out that the mistake, left ignored, blew up and then caused a huge amount of trouble for the company recently; I'll not include details here. My supervisor, who made the call to ignore the issue against my advice, predictably attempted to throw me under the bus. However, as I had everything documented (thank you SE), I was able to prove to higher management that I was not at fault. Of course, my supervisor was then asked to step down from their position, which they did. I was then promoted, so we have essentially swapped roles.
Problem: My ex-supervisor, whom I still maintain contact with for work purposes, is left quite bitter about this and refuses to stop 'being the boss' around me. This includes things like
- Asking me about details regarding X and Y project, which they no longer have any involvement in.
- Having a 'bossy' and condescending tone towards me when in front of co-workers.
Question: What is a professional way of saying
You were asked to step down for a reason. Please accept that and stop trying to interfere with my work and professional relationships.
It may also be worth, or not, reminding them that the only reason they got the job (supervisor) was because I turned it down and the company needed to find somebody else. So their condescension is highly misplaced. However, I feel that this last bit is moreso a personal response provided out of bitterness, rather than a professional response.