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Let's Just Touch Base With Human Resources
"Companies should want employees who are going to talk back, express an opinion and speak the truth," he says. "But when that opinion is expressed, you want good soldiers. When they're not, they can damage the entire organization."
He sees Soriano as an individual with a high "productivity quotient" (PQ) but a low "emotional quotient" (EQ) -- which sound like baseball stats but actually have something to do with management theory. Says Challenger, "A lot of companies are held hostage by people who have low EQ, but high PQ."
Fine, but the Nationals need someone to produce HRs, RBIs and SBs. And they need him now -- Opening Day is just 12 days away.
Challenger acknowledges that the Nationals don't have a lot of maneuvering room. "A big company has other positions to move people to, but when you've only got nine spots, your options are kind of limited," he says.
Perhaps everyone could try therapy.
"Let's say Soriano were in therapy with me," says Michael Maccoby, a Washington psychoanalyst and executive coach (we note here that Soriano is not in therapy with Maccoby -- or anyone, for all we know), "and Soriano admitted to me that 'I once played outfield and I flubbed fly balls, but I know second base. It's a space I can work with.' "
Then Maccoby says he might counsel Soriano to share his feelings with Nationals management or perhaps the public at large.
Better yet, Maccoby posits, if Soriano and Manager Frank Robinson were in couples counseling (which Maccoby also does in his practice -- although again, we note not with Soriano and Robinson), he would advise them to discuss the reasons for their behavior and come to a conclusion that doesn't harm anyone's "sense of dignity."
Now there's an idea out of left field.