“Who is responsible for the team?” I asked again. “Who is responsible for the performance of the team, and all the things that affect performance?”
Melanie started looking around her office, as if someone was going to appear. One of her team just quit.
I continued. “If it’s not you, as the department manager, if it’s not your accountability, then who?”
Melanie’s eyes stopped skirting the room. There was no hero that appeared. One last time, she floated her excuse, “But how am I responsible for one of my supervisors quitting?”
“That’s a very good question. How are you, as the manager, responsible for one of your supervisors quitting?”
“What, am I supposed to be clairvoyant?” Melanie snapped.
“That would be helpful,” I nodded. “But let’s say you don’t have supernatural powers. How could you, as the manager, know enough about your supervisors, to have predicted this departure?”