Why Rick couldn’t come back from the brink, and how management failed him
Jonathan Solórzano-Hamilton
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I think sometimes people do throw everything upon the shoulders of the one they recognize as a genius. Those people perhaps lack the confidence to suggest anything else to the ‘genius.’ That genius is still, in the end, just a human person. Take a person with Asperger’s, who is not able to interact well socially. He or she does need some additional consideration. How about a person with PTSD, who could have been impaired through some kind of neglect and/or abuse. I’m just saying that these people are not “assholes.” They are impaired humans, humans whose impairment affects you in a certain way, while your particular impairment has a different effect, but an effect no less. The management did try intervention, I recall, which was good; but, if you think you’re intervening with an ‘asshole,’ then you’re set to do more damage than good. You also could unwittingly bring out a flare of anger that all will regret. No one should be made the centerpiece of a team whose death or absence would disable the whole program, anyway. That’s risky, putting all your eggs in one basket. It’s unbalanced distribution of pressure, such as a bad bearing. It’s a myth, as was stated, that one person is the savior of the organization. Then, when it fails, he is the scapegoat. On the other hand, his offensive behavior and anger would likely hurt fellow employees, as was also described. If we build products and an industry and a nation and destroy people, what’s the point of building at all?

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