Reggie was grinning like a Cheshire cat. “I’m really lucky,” he said. “We are opening up a new division and I have three great candidates for the VP position. It’s actually going to be tough to pick which one I like the best.”
“Congratulations,” I offered. “Internal candidates or external candidates?”
“All internal. Homegrown. Got the right value system. Good decision-making skills.”
“And what will happen to the two candidates left behind?” I asked.
Reggie stopped. He was focused on his good fortune to have this kind of bench strength, but he had not considered what would happen after his selection.
“I guess they will just continue doing what they are doing now. I mean, they all play an important role, they just won’t be a Vice President in charge of a division.”
“They all know they are being considered as a viable candidate for the position?”
“Yep, I had a meeting, just last week, with all three of them. I wanted to be upfront, let them know what I was thinking.”
“And, have you noticed any change since you had that meeting?”
Again, Reggie stopped. He knew I hadn’t dropped by to chat about the weather. He also knew that sometimes, even on the outside, I hear about trouble before he does.
“So, something is up?” he guessed.
I nodded. “Don’t go jumping in there, but take some time to take a hard look at the new dynamics you just created.”