“I’ve tried everything I know to get Perry to improve,” Susan lamented.
“Everything?” I asked.
“I really like Perry, I just wish he could be more effective,” she said, ignoring my question. “In fact, everybody likes Perry. But, at the same time, he constantly disappoints.”
“When he disappoints, what is the impact that has on the project? What is the impact it has on the team?”
Susan nodded. “Yep, everyone takes a beat, they sigh, they cover up. The project comes in late, but nobody wants to complain about Perry.”
“And, what if you do nothing to intervene. What will happen in a week, another month, a year?”
“People will put up with him for a while longer, but in a month, it might impact morale. In a year, I could lose someone else on the team, someone tired of covering for Perry.”
“What’s stopping you from doing something now?”
“Hope,” Susan explained, thinking I would agree that there was some hope for Perry.
“Susan. What are you pretending not to know?”