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How to handle a senior developer diva who seems unaware that his skills are obsolete?

The founder responded that they are overreacting, and that he has an absolute trust in the skills of the new lead, based on his CV and the interview, which is exactly why he assigned to this person ...
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How can we minimize potential problems caused by employee's personal beliefs?

A business does not endorse the political opinions of its employees, most businesses will employ people with a wide range of views and experiences, so I don't really see what the problem is. It also ...
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Colleague secretly excluded from meeting

While your desire to stay out of politics is admirable, it is not feasible. You are involved now whether you like it or not. It is absolutely right that you should tell your line manager about this. ...
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Feels like I am getting dragged into office politics

Stay out of it If the BD manager asks about your opinion of your boss or team, say something like "hey, I'm happy to help with any work related stuff, but please direct questions about our team,...
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How to manage "slogan spammers" when taking strategic decisions with long term consequences

How do you manage and mitigate slogan spammers? Play dumb. Let me tell you the four words that every buzzword aficionado or consultant dreads: What does that mean? These types of slogans and mantras ...
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How do I deal with the political promotional items in the workplace?

Never let go of an opportunity to mind your own business. You have nothing to gain from getting involved in a confrontation over it. Ignore it and move on with your work.
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Disciplining hard-working but insubordinate engineer or his superior?

So you have a job description that basically says "senior level developer with free reign to pick projects as they chose with the goal to improve and benefit the company". And you have a developer ...
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How can I deal with the blame-game played by my colleague in office?

I think @Neo provided a solid answer with respect to documenting and focusing on the facts, but I also think you can take this a step further. Simply documenting/pointing out that Bob's ...
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Is it reasonable for me to complain about an objectionable newspaper being ordered for the office?

To me, there are two reasons to object to a publication being in the office. One is that I might feel upset or disgusted if I catch sight of a headline. Since newspapers are often displayed outside in ...
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Is it important to share the political views of the government you're working for in the US?

Full disclosure. My father, my uncle, my brother, and I have all worked for the government. The best approach to a government job is simply to keep your political opinions to yourself. When I worked ...
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Our company is exposing the public to a health risk and my boss doesn't want to deal with it

You seem to have your options pretty well covered. In any chain of command, when you don't get satisfaction, you move up. It seems to me that's what you need to do. Don't demand anything though. If ...
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Someone peeled an American flag sticker off of my truck. What do I do?

Well ... that truly sucks. Frankly, there's not much to be gained by complaining. You have no evidence that this happened at work, and won't be making any friends by reporting it. If I were you, I ...
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How to politely state moral objection

For political reasons, I refuse to entertain any possibility of working with any kind of company that does defense or banking contracts. As most of my job opportunities are coming from recruiters that ...
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How to handle a senior developer diva who seems unaware that his skills are obsolete?

The OP's description of the situation is likely one-sided. That's ok. I am an aging developer (~54 yo) brought into a company to not rule, but to provide some experience. (The IT boss actually said "...
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Junior Developer doing well but management wants to fire him

Unfortunately, it's not your decision. You can either do it or they will find someone for your position who will. Tell him and then write him a letter of recommendation and offer to speak on his ...
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How to talk to management about 'genius' code?

As a general rule, management "want solutions, not problems". As such, saying "there are hardcoded secrets in the code" is a problem, whereas "Resolve hardcoded secrets regulatory failure: 0.5 days" ...
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Someone peeled an American flag sticker off of my truck. What do I do?

If I were the security manager, and you showed up to report a missing $2 sticker, I'd hand you $2 and send you on your way. For all you know, it could have been dumb kids in your neighborhood, or ...
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How can I convince my manager that we need to reduce technical debt?

The situation you are in is not unique, and it's not unreasonable. It's actually pretty standard in production-based software development. There are a few points to take great consideration of: ...
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My colleague is sabotaging my reputation so the friend I replaced can be hired back

Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked and never well mended. Your only option here is to be above reproach and document everything. You may want to get a copy of Brag! How to toot your ...
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Customer told me to stay out of discussion regarding status of my delivered product

Officially, person 1 is in charge but I also work with person 2 so he is semi-officially in charge. That means person 1 is in charge. Person 2 is not. Getting additional compensation for redoing ...
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How can I deal with the blame-game played by my colleague in office?

Can anyone suggest me what would be a good strategy to deal with this situation? Document, document, document. Each time you have to clean up Bob's mess, document it and copy the CTO. This may ...
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How to request flex time for controversial events?

Your boss doesn't need to know exactly what you are doing. At my workplace we would call this a "Personal Appointment" or a "P/A." When asking for flex time off I don't generally include any details ...
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Is it reasonable for me to complain about an objectionable newspaper being ordered for the office?

The employer gets to choose the facilities to provide at the workplace, subject to legal/statutory requirements. They don't need employees' permission to decide things like: Whether to provide ...
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Working with people that have different views in geopolitics

As you've found, Taiwan is a VERY sensitive subject for China. The situation is both political and ethnic for the Chinese mainland, and very complicated. If you want to avoid the situation entirely, ...
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Is it appropriate to voice concerns over the Qatar world cup when colleague asks people to join betting pool?

In my 40+ years journey navigating a workplace, I discovered that, outside the normal work-related topics, one should never engage in discussing: 1. politics 2. money as it's only bringing arguments ...
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Customer told me to stay out of discussion regarding status of my delivered product

The first mistake was in working on an ambiguous task. What did the written contract say you had to deliver? That's what you deliver - no more, no less. The second mistake is to have multiple bosses. ...
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