Have you ever worked with a one upper? Well I worked with the most aggressive one upper I have even known. “Ursula the one upper” name changed to protect the not so innocent.
*side note: I encourage oneupmanship on this blog so feel free to one up me with your oneupmanship stories in the comments section haha
Ursula was so annoying in EVERY WAY- at meetings she would take over, every idea she had to come up with a better one or shoot yours down, If I was talking she would interrupt, never was I allowed to finish a sentence. I was the only one on the TA team not located at the company HQ. Instead i was on the opposite coast.
There were several times when I was onsite at HQ that it was almost obsessive need to be better than me. At a meeting for new hires during the time when everyone was introducing themselves she had to keep whispering to me which one’s she had hired by saying “that one is mine”. You need to know that I had not up to then pointed out which were “mine”. But after the 3rd or 4th time of her saying that to me I couldn’t resist responding. My response to her “Ursula, you got no chance” since out of the 50 people there close to 40 were my hires.
During the same trip I received news that my dog was sick and I was trying to get a hold of my dog sitter. While this was going on I was sitting with a small group of people (Ursula included). Someone asked me what was wrong and when I filled them in Ursula immediately launches into a story when her dog was sick recently. All this without so much as a ” I hope your dog is ok”.
At our first staff meeting of the new year and Ursula said lets go around the room and say what your greatest accomplishment of last year. Well you know she had her answer already prepared since she brought it up – LOL. Ursula : “I am most proud of all the executive level positions I was able to fill.” Hey well done, good for her. It is my turn now and I am the last one. I say “The greatest thing I did last year was not cancel my phone interview with the companyTalent Acquisition Manager (names deleted to protect the not so innocent). “Oh thats right”, says the company Talent Acquisition Manager “You had another offer when you were interviewing with our company.” I begin tell a little more of the story and from the background Ursula says ” I had another offer too”!
I have many more Ursula stories so stay tuned for more ..
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