“Do you know why you were promoted from supervisor to manager last year?” I asked.
“Because, I was the best darn supervisor the company had,” Melanie replied.
“And, being the best supervisor, what did you do that none of the other supervisors were able to do?”
“Oh, that was easy. I could see the future. I could tell when something was going to get screwed up, weeks ahead of time, and I could adjust the schedule to make sure we stayed productive. You know, if you reject some raw material because it’s out of spec, that means you have to shift some stuff around.”
“Yes, you were one of the best schedulers around.”
“What do you mean, were?” quizzed Melanie. “I still am.”
“Not exactly. Do you know why you were promoted from supervisor to manager last year?”