“Who is Marie? And why is she managing only one person?” I asked.
Esmerelda was silent, then spoke. “Marie has been selected to be a manager, but needs some experience, so we gave her a person to manage.”
“And, the impact on your organization is that you added an unnecessary managerial layer. Did you give her a raise as well, did you give her the corner office?”
“Yes, we gave her a raise, and she didn’t get the corner office, but, she did get an office.”
“Like eating an hors d’oeuvre rack of soft cheese, then drinking a glass of ice water. Not good for the digestion,” I said.
“But Marie needs to learn how to be a manager,” Esmerelda protested.
“If she needs to learn, send her to training. Give her project work.”
“Like what?” Esmerelda pushed back.
“Like making a schedule, leading a small project. Give her something of short duration. If your promotion fails, what do you have on your hands, imagine chocolate dripping through my fingers. But, if you give her a project and she fails, you only have a failed project, and you, as her manager, can manage the risk in the project.”