LPT: Learn to identify when you are in a “No win situation” at work, and be sure to politely call it out as such. No Win is defined as, “You have all the responsibility for the result, and none of the control to affect the outcome.”

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I’m nearly 70 years old and retired. When I was young, I saluted and did what people in authority told me to do, even when I thought it was the wrong thing to do. And when it bombed, I got the blame. I learned, slowly and way too late in life, to clearly say, “I don’t think A will work. B would be a better solution. But if you want me to do A., I’ll give it my best effort.” It saved me on multiple occasions.


Or where you are assigned work that never be seen as valuable, but mistakes will be seen as catastrophic. Anywhere you can maybe effect the outcome, but the only result for you personally is neutral or negative.


Is that the definition of a no win situation? From Wikipedia: “A no-win situation, also called a “lose-lose situation”, is one where a person has choices, but no choice leads to a net gain.” I’m not saying your point in general is wrong, but your definition of a no win situation definitely is. The fact you have responsibility but no control doesn’t necessarily mean its a no win situation, because the end result could still be good.


Went through this for a year. Still trying to get out of it. Now I feel both angry and guilty.