When I was introduced to Tony, he laughed and said, "You must be my replacement." I assured him I was his co-worker and not there to replace him. He pointed at the presenter and asked, "What do you think the problem is?" I went over, confirmed that the VGA cable was plugged into the laptop and on the correct input. VC equipment, depending on the model and manufacturer, could take various inputs to display on multiple monitors and if on the wrong input would display a blue screen, as was evident in this case. I rebooted the laptop and after using the function key and the labeled icon to display on both the laptop and the display, it appeared.
Tony snarled loudly, "Not bad for your first day. Let us see how long it lasts."
I was shown around the campus by Tony as he relayed all sorts of information I deemed unprofessional, but did not express my feelings to him. I just reminded myself that he was a very disgruntled employee.
The following week, I was conducting training on new Tandberg equipment the company had acquired. The company had mostly Polycom equipment and wanted to transition to Tandberg. As the meeting progressed, Tony interrupted and asked me, "What is the major difference between H323 and H320?" He had a smug look on his face and he thought I wouldn't know the answer.
I replied, "H323 is an IP-based way of communications between endpoints, and H320 is the ISDN-based method. H323 has the advantage of utilizing an existing network, while H320 utilizes leased lines in either the PRI or BRI protocols."
His face dropped. He stormed out of the room saying he needed to go to the bathroom.
The following week, Tony was out of the office. His absence left me in charge of the VC meetings.
After the incident at the Tandberg training, Tony had contacted the top company exec directly to complain about me and his lack of a promotion. He then for months threatened to leave the team and eventually even stated so directly to the exec. That was his biggest mistake. Not only did he undermine the supervisor as well as his superior, he involved the exec in something she had no control over -- but she did have control over where in the company he worked. So he was transferred out of our team, I was placed in his old position, and we have grown our VC infrastructure to three times what it was prior.
And now, more than a year later, he wants back onto the team.
I learned from the experience that you have to be patient, calm, and collected even if you feel that someone is against you. And even though he tried to intimidate me, I never stooped to his level.