“But he has been doing a terrible job, as a Manager,” Cheryl observed.
“So, do you want him out of the company? Should he be gone?” I asked.
Cheryl shook her head. “No, Harold has too much knowledge, he knows everything about everything, he is just in the wrong position for our company. What he is doing now, works against us. But he could be so valuable in a different role.”
“Right now, you have Harold in the role as a Senior Manager, which you say is the wrong place for him. But you don’t want to fire him, just reassign him. How do you think that will work, in Harold’s eyes?”
“He’s not going to like it,” Cheryl replied, still shaking her head. “He might quit and we really do need his technical knowledge. I am afraid he is going to be embarrassed in front of his peers, in front of his direct reports. This move is going to be very touch and go.”
“So, what is the one thing you have to do, to make this move successful?” I pressed.
“Somehow, we have to allow Harold to save face in front of the company. I am just not sure how to do that.”