I have saved many an azz, and so has a valued employee saved mine. And Teamwork is an invaluable asset with some reassurance that protocols are being met.Warbirds wrote: ↑Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:21 pmA few years back I had a group of hourly folks where I was their leader only by default because their engineering site lead medically retired unexpectedly. I knew their scope of business so I inherited that team for just a few months while a replacement was being found.
Well a long time operator (20+ years) didnt follow a procedure, a blatant mistake of complacency. Once we have our product built- a test reveals a failure in a big, ugly manner.
I get flown out to the sight with the Sr. VP of Operations (2nd only to the CEO & I had never even met before) because he is pissed and wants to personally walk the process in question to understand the breakdown.
In front of a dozen operators the king flies off the handle and orders me to fire the operator who made the mistake.
I refuse and again get screamed at-
“Fire that operator!!!”
We go back and forth and I hold my ground.
The operator doesn't get fired.
To this day- over 4 years later (and a few thousand miles away) my reputation with the hourly staff has followed me across the business.
I could have dropped the hammer and fired a loyal employee who got complacent- instead I took a public ass beating and did not back down.
The technicians trust me and now they have my back, and yes, they have saved my ass when they could have let the normal business rhythm crash the bus.
Not exactly apples to apples with your scenario- but leaders need to be loyal to their staff particularly when the chips are down. If you believe in that person, you have to invest in them & sometimes that means owning their mistakes as your own.
Best of luck.
I have seen this before and a phone call to the ATFE having them call the USPS contact was all that it took to get the firearm to the receiver and booked in. Then ping pong back to seller. FFL TO FFL no other entity can take possession.
I believe that this was talked about a few years ago.