From: Agent Probie
To: Mr. Whiskers
Date: 5 June 2022
Subject: Mission Report
I must request that you provide your decision on the Senior Agent as possible. When I notified my fellow agents that I had requested you assign a Senior Agent. As I expected, Agent Winnie was OK with this. Also as I expected, it upset Agent Zoe. She seemed to think me underhanded in my approach. I don’t believe I was.
To my surprise, but, Agent Zoe did not dispute my assumption of clowder leader. She objected to my request you name me Senior Agent. I asked her who she thought should be the Senior Agent and she said it should be Winnie. I considered it, and asked for her reasons.
She stated that she believed Agent Winnie was more stable. I am proud to say that I didn’t take offense. I did my best to see things from Agent Zoe’s point of view and asked her what made her believe that.
She said I was bossy. The one thing I was hoping to avoid. I asked for specifics and she told me I was bossy when I told her to let Skittlebutt do his own duties. I didn’t realize that she saw my intervention as bossiness. To my mind, it wasn’t. I was giving advice that Skittlebutt preferred to do things for himself.
I could see she still thought I was being bossy. I’m sorry she feels that way. I know I have to step up and convince her that I’m not being bossy. I suspect she is confusing bossiness with my instructive voice. I must modulate that so she sees it as an instruction not an order. To her mind, I have no authority, which is why it is so important that you name a Senior Agent for our unit.
I now spend time in front of a mirror. This allows me to practice offering instruction and suggestions. I still don’t see it as bossiness. Agent Winnie caught me doing that and wanted to know why I was doing it. I told him what Agent Zoe had said. He told me that he didn’t see it as bossiness, which relieved me no end.
He further said he would request that you name me as Senior Agent. He told me he believed I had the experience to perform the tasks. I must say his attitude was a boost to my confidence. I showed him the schedule I was working on.
He had some good ideas which I have incorporated into my draft of the schedule. I am doing my best to make the duty load even across the three of us.
That’s key. We should all have the same amount of work to do. That’s what Agent Storm did before he got sick. It’s also what Agent Cuddlebug did. To my mind, that is the correct way to do things.
I did a search around our location and found a few training manuals. They were in the place where I stored Cuddlebug’s things after his death. I’ve been reading them. I know they are likely out of date, but I am learning what I need to do.
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