I'm trying to navigate being told by my boss that I am too negative and never bring solutions to the table. He likes to 'brainstorm' - 'throw things on the wall and see what sticks'. In his mind, it's best to be innovative and come up with great new ideas by dreaming up possible projects, scenarios and situations.
When he does so, my mind goes to find possibly blockages and problems. I want to make sure that as we start building new things, we keep in mind what possible problems we could face, that we're aware of issues we might need to navigate - or even be aware that an idea might not be good because it cannot be executed.
He told me that is too negative and he loses all his energy and interest in even coming to me with ideas because my negative attitude ruins his engagement. He then further stated he would just skip coming to me and think of what my field/team could or should provide and make plans without me. Which stresses me out to no end. If he excludes me and just does my job for me, then what good is having my position at all?
I don't want to be difficult. I want to make sure we plan effectively and don't get lost in well-meant ideas while walking into a pitfall blindly.
I worry my only option is turning yes-man somehow. Should I just shut up about worries and ideas? Maybe I am being negative... which isn't my intention. My intention is to be protective of time spent and possibly project loss / financial loss. How can I express these concerns differently?
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How would you approach your manager in this situation?
PS I also have to ask where my back pay is since the raise was supposed to happen in December. They pushed the process to February so all salaried employees are done at the same time.
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