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I’m not entirely sure of the impact of the director’s condescension, but you might try using a RACI Matrix to clarify who is responsible/accountable for the various actions. If you can involve this director that might help make it clear where he/she is needed and where his/her help is not needed.

Elisabeth Swan

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