Dana was trembling when I showed up. The color was gone from her face. “Water,” she said, “I need some water.”
There was a chilled bottle on the corner of her desk, still full. I slid it to her, waited for her to continue.
“I don’t think I did that right,” she finally spoke.
“Step me through it,” I asked.
“I had to talk to Taylor. He has been coming late, dawdling on the work he is supposed to get done, and he is really snippy with everybody around him, like he has a chip on his shoulder.”
“So, what happened?”
Dana shook her head from side to side. “Well, I tried to be positive first, then the negative part, then finish it off with another positive. But I don’t think I got my point across. He thinks he is going to get a raise.”