Hi all. First time poster, here.
I have a been in a job for about a year now, and I've had some serious trouble getting "in-sync" with my boss's working style over that period, despite some significant effort and direct conversation with them. Since I started, they have belittled my contributions, disparaged my character, not giving me proper training and left me out of key meetings/calls that I need to be a part of to be an effective member of the team. I'm frustrated.
My role involves analysis on new business opportunities. My boss's role is finding those new business opportunities. To be blunt, they have not found those opportunities the whole time they have been in their role, which is about 2 years. I've repeatedly asked if I can help source new business, and they have basically said I can't help. I know I can bring in new business.
This all came to a head when we had an all hands meeting last week discussing our shift in how we would find new business. In that meeting, the team that covers a different geography from us lead said that all teams members are in charge of finding new business. When my boss was prompted for their response, they sheepishly agreed to this approach in front of everyone. This made me feel vindicated, but I suspect they did it to appease their boss, and everyone else on the call.
I had planned to send a follow up "confirmation" email to my boss, cc'ing my boss's boss, to asked if I can start finding new business. I think this accomplishes two things: 1.) it signals to my boss's boss that I want to grow, and contribute more to the business dev side of things, and 2.) it puts in writing the agreement that my boss made on that call, in front of their boss. The email is respectfully written, and asks for permission to drum up new biz.
The drawbacks are that I know, because of my boss's personality, that this would really rub them the wrong way, but I'm tired of being treated like I don't matter on this team.
TLDR; when is it appropriate to cc my boss's boss on an email?