Our expert says:
Firstly, if your bosses can't see what this little squirt is up to, they're really lousy bosses and not worth their pay. Maybe they feel he's annoying you enough to do even better than you usually do, but that's a foolish tactic.
Keep copious records of all your input and work on the project(s) so the records will show what you did and what he did.
Maybe most of the best work you do is invisible to your clients ( and the myopic managers ) ; maybe the inspections and audits are what they see more clearly, thus exaggerating the appearance of the role he is playing ?
And the client's compliments message mentions both of you,as you are indeed both involved, but is hardly a scorecard rating individual contributions.
There's surely no reason for you to do his admin work ( hard work for you, but invisible to management and client ) simply tell him to do his own admin work, as is usual.
Why not allow him to make a mess at his sites ( if he will indeed be likely to do so ) ? If he is likely to suceed, then you'd want to be sure to supervise and take some credit for his work - 2 can play at his game !
Do you have time to spend a while with the client and explain what your differing roles are, to help them understand better ? And do they really not understand this already ?
I think it would be really wise for you to see a good local psychologist providing CBT ( Cognitive-behaviour Therapy ) to help you reduce the self-imposed degree of stress which is doing you and your project no good at all, and leave you more refreshed and effective in doing what you are already doing so well. Learn to be realistic in what you expect of yourself and others - to control what (a) you CAN control, and (b) what actually needs controlling, and just relax about what you can't control - don't blame yourself for not having brought peace in the Middle East !
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