Let me just tell you how my afternoon went, as it's a perfect example of the lack of support I get from the new boss. Today was going to be my first big meeting with <that big online auction site>. I did what I usually do when I know I'm going to be nervous, which is to script my opening remarks, and a few key points, so if I ever get tongue-tied I can look at my script and read from it a little until I get on track. I double check with the boss that he wants me to chair the meeting, because I don't want to talk out of turn, even though he told me to call the meeting and gave my name as the project manager. He says 'sure, sure, what time is it again? ok. I'll try to call in for it'. He says, 'you pretty much know what we want, you can handle it'.
So we were all going to call in from our desks. I had my script up on the screen. It's meeting time, and I try to call in. I keep getting this "not in service" message. So I run over to the boss who's on another call. I tell him the number isn't working. The Director of Search Marketing runs out of her office with her headset on. 'Is there something wrong with the number?' I tell her I am getting errors and she says, "Well I dialed in fine. I'm on the call now. Come into my office and we'll take the call from there." (There being where my meeting notes ... were not.)
So I go into the office with her and realize I have to wing it. We're on the call and no one else is on it. The auction site sends us a message that they can't get onto the call. My boss finally looks at the conference number he sent me and realizes it's the wrong one with 2 numbers transposed. He tries to read us the correct number but starts fumbling them. The director gets exasperated and says "just come into my office and we'll have the auction site call us at my desk".
So the point is, my boss wouldn't have even been on the call if he hadn't botched the conference # he gave me and the director insisted he join us. He comes in, and as I'm leading the call, he butts in with all this specific information about project dates - really critical info that I wouldn't have had (the auction guys spent most of the time on the call trying to convince us to move up our dates) that I know had just been decided today, but he really should have shared with me prior to the meeting.
So there again, is an example of how he told me to take charge of this meeting, and didn't give me the information I needed to to get the job done. Heck he didn't even give me the right number to tell the other company to call.
I think in a way, it's better to have a boss that's inattentive. He seems way more into slacking off than me, which means he hasn't been a stickler. He's also nice and has a sense of humor, but I think I'm going to have to work a little harder to validate my "intel" that I get from him because I could end up looking bad due to his mistakes.