Sounds like he wore out his whiteboard collaborating and spending time with his teammates to make them better … until management dumped so much work on his plate that he was working 80-hr weeks and still falling behind.
That would make anybody stop going to meetings.
And … after a year of 80hr weeks, as he was being abruptly fired for a problem he rightly blamed on his boss, he said something angry and arrogant that makes a good quote for a manager to justify his firing?
Well, I don’t know if Rick was a good guy or not. But condemning him on how we’re told he behaved in that situation is insane and naive. I’ve never met anyone who I’m sure would handle that with grace and humility.