“Why, do you think the company made you a manager, last week?” I asked.
“I am not really sure,” Maggie replied. “Many, on my team, have been here longer than me. They are smarter than me. They are older than me. And most of them are men.”
“All true,” I smiled. “So, why you?”
“My manager told me, things run better when I am around.”
“And, why do you think that happens?”
Maggie paused. “These guys are really smart. Engineers, you know. But, they don’t seem to work together very well. It’s not like they fight, they just focus on their own work, without thinking of what is going on around them.”
“I knock,” Maggie laughed. “I knock and slide food under the door. Not really. I pull them out of their shell, get them to talk to each other. In that instant, they can be quite helpful to each other. Doesn’t seem like a big thing, but, bigger problems get solved when that happens.”
“So, why do you think the company made you a manager, last week?”