Lately my manager has been increasingly forgetful in a way I've never witnessed before. He always forgets what he's been told and in the next day he deals with it as if it's a brand new discussion, which damages our workflow as a team.

Any thoughts on how to deal with this?

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    Put everything in writing.
    – Bugs
    Apr 23, 2017 at 20:38
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    And even if he remember things, having writing trace is always better :D
    – Walfrat
    Apr 23, 2017 at 20:40
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    I can't add to Bugs' comment, but a sudden sharp rise in forgetfulness could be some form of illness Apr 23, 2017 at 21:36
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    @Cursed1701 or simply stress
    – HorusKol
    Apr 23, 2017 at 21:43
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    If you start to forget things to that extend, then it aint "simply" stress. Could be stress, but nothing simple about it.
    – Jeroen
    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:43

2 Answers 2


Write him emails for each subject and also follow up with notes from the discussions you had where decisions were made. Make a comment in the email that you are recording the conversation main points so that you can remember it later and references it. This gets you in the habit of making a paper trail for all your direction as well as writing it down and keeping in sync with others in writing as well. It helps everyone to have a written paper trail as noone can remember everything. At the same time it will also remind him of previous discussions.

  • This is definitely the way to go. Email paper trail along with responses. This should be of help to the MGR too.
    – Neo
    Apr 24, 2017 at 10:54

I was in a company two years ago, with a good method for that.

We had a huge white board with columns saying :

  • Secondary objectives
  • Important objectives
  • In progress
  • Done

The idea is that all the tasks in progress are still conserved in a physical way, allowing you and your forgetful manager to know what's up in the team very fast and whenever it's needed.

There are a lot of ways to have traces of the work done, needed and the troubles, an excel for example, or a Trello or an IT Ticket system.

  • +1 This is a great answer because it is an aide-memoire for everyone Jan 10, 2023 at 10:13

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