When Developer Betrays Manager, Who Really Wins?

Driving back from a very tense meeting, Mandy, my soon-to-be lead developer, was expressing her appreciation. The windshield wipers were working overtime against the rain, but all I was thinking about was the success of my meeting with my boss, Kevin, the VP of application development.

Her proclamation deepened my sense of patting myself on the back for having stuck up for Mandy.

The day before Kevin had informed me he wanted to deny Mandy’s promotion. Turns out a buddy of Kevin’s had recently lost his job and Kevin wanted to bring him on board – but he didn’t have a position open for someone with his buddy’s skill set.

I thought back to the day before when Kevin had popped into my office, plopped in my chair and said, “Have a minute?”

Like I had a choice.