Interesting Times

It’s funny how things change.

If you will remember, I was worried about a friend of mine.

Now he is being groomed to be a supervisor.

It’s funny how some things never change. I am still worried about him.

It’s tough enough supervising a group of people for the first time. It is even tougher doing it for the first time when nobody who is supposed to work for you likes you. But what makes it really tough is when your direct supervisor does not like you. Combine all that with a personality that is not the most diplomatic in the world and you have a recipe for disaster.

On the plus side, he has the support of the big boss himself. And the big boss is under no illusions about the problems my friend is facing. So that is nice.

On the other hand, I wonder if the big boss realizes what he has got himself into. He has managed to turn himself into the target of all the people who were on the warpath against my friend. Very noble of him, to be sure, but it means that this thing will have consequences beyond the career of my friend.

Don’t get me wrong. I think the big boss made the right call (and I may have even had something to do with it). Moreover, he was going to have to face this particular battle sooner or later. If it was not in the context of my friend, it would have been over something else.

But the problem with battles that you have to fight is that they are invariably battles that you can lose. It remains to be seen how this is all going to turn out.

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