I used to be part of a team of four people. One was the manager, the other three developers. The manager is/was my mentor and has always kept me under his wing, which I truly appreciate. Over the last few years the team has dissolved, primarily due to one person leaving for personal reasons (left organization) and the last team member eventually moved to another internal position. My manager became a Director but kept me as his direct employee because I'm a good problem solver and he wanted someone that he could assign to fires that he couldn't handle (a black bag man, in his words).
Eventually I ended up in a windowless office (this isn't a punishment or anything, it's just lonely tbh, even though I am very involved in office events such as organizing parties and internal employee sponsored studies. The point is I'm social, but isolated at the same time) in the System Engineering area of the IS department. I have no team, and no real manager in the sense of any weekly meetings and/or directions or plans.
Eventually, another Director starts "becoming" my manager. I say "becoming" because it just kind of happened, there was no official discussion or anything like that this person would be by manager, they just slowly began directing parts of my work.
The problem with this is obvious - I am now getting input from two separate high level people, input which often differs in scope and direction. I have no team, I have no manager who can help and guide me. And to be perfectly honest, cute situation has been grinding me down, my work has begun to suffer in my personal opinion, but I still received good reviews and bonuses.
All that brings me to my question: I ended up speaking to both Directors about how I feel. I spoke to the non-Mentor director about how I felt isolated and confused due to incoming information and without support. I admit that I was a little emotional in the sense that it was obvious the situation was really bothering me and I had to discuss it with someone who I work with frequently. After this conversation I spoke to my mentor and immediately explained that I had had this conversation with the other Director.
I feel that I handled the situation incorrectly, although I was honest, calm, respectful and polite . Although I feel I have to walk softly in order to protect myself and not also start some flame war between Directors (and possible future VPs).
What would have been the best way to handle something like this?
Note: my organization employs 4000 people and has an HR department. One of the people in this little drama (not me) is in a relationship with the person who runs the HR department. I can also see the writing on the wall and have already begun applying for new positions, internal and external. Office politics are confusing to me and I don't want be involved, but didn't know how to handle the situation.