“Well, I promoted him,” Marissa replied. “His former supervisor got promoted to another department, and, so, for three weeks, I had to cover. I promoted John because he was the best on the team, and, everybody liked him.”
“So, you assumed that because he was a standout performer doing one thing, that he would be a standout performer doing something else?” I asked.
“I assumed it would take a couple of weeks to get the hang of it, but it’s been a month and he is still a lost puppy.”
“So, what are you going to do? Now, that you understand the problem more clearly.”
“I don’t want to fire the guy, he’s been with us for six years. But, I don’t know if his ego would allow him to take a demotion?”
“You are in quite a pickle, aren’t you? Are you better off with him, or better off without him?”
“I would hate to lose him. I would be better off with him, but only in the right role.”
“So, what are you going to do?”