Eduardo was hanging up the phone when I arrived. I could tell he was puzzled.
“It’s funny,” he said. “This is the third time I have explained things to my Ron, but it just doesn’t sink in. For two years, he was doing great, but now, he seems to be in a fog.”
“You are Ron’s manager?” I asked. Eduardo shook his head.
“Yes, in fact, he was a good hire. We started him in a little office with only two people. He grew it to six, now he is at twelve. Somewhere along the line, he lost it.”
“Alcohol, or drugs?”
“No, I don’t think so. He is too conscientious for that,” Eduardo observed.
“But he seems to be in a fog? Tell me what has changed in the past year, going from six people to twelve people.”
Eduardo looked to the far corner of the room, picturing the changes before he described them. “It’s like Ron was supervising the work pretty well, but now he is one step removed. He is now managing a couple of supervisors. Maybe that’s the problem. He is too far away from the what he knows how to do?”
“Is it a matter of skill, something he can learn, or is it a matter of capability?”
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