About a week after her promotion, Barbara stops by Grace's office
and invites her out for a cigarette. She then consults Grace about
some of her concerns with the marketing department.
Grace: Hi. How's it going?
Barbara: Care for a cancer stick?
Grace: Sure. I guess I can take
Grace: So, how does it feel being
in the driver's seat?
Barbara: Well, I like that a lot
of my regular work got distributed among the rest of the people
in the department, but I don't really feel that we're coming together
as a team, you know.
Grace: What do you mean?
Barbara: Well, I get the feeling
that some of the people in the office kind of resent my being there.
It just seems, like, really unfair that they would judge me so harshly.
Grace: Hmmm. For example who?
Barbara: Well mostly the old guard.
The ones you warned me about. Brian and Sarah kick up a lot of dirt,
but they can be okay sometimes. But Ted just buries himself in his
work. I get the feeling he's giving me the cold shoulder.
Grace: Well this is to be expected.
Again, I mean, you've got big shoes to fill you know. You've got
to get right in there, Barbara, be proactive. They have to see that
you're in charge and soon they'll get the message. And in the mean
time, if I can help, just let me know.
Barbara: Thanks, Grace.