So, there's an MD on my team who I think highly of and does good business. He's considered a good mentor and good leader/manager. I'm thinking of who I'm going to promote to a senior leadership position from the middle ranks and he was my top choice before tonight.
The only criticism of this person is that he potentially lacks a little bit of polish for a more senior leadership position. Because of his revenue and how much his team loves him, I was willing to overlook the polish issue. I know he may not be the best ambassador for a larger group, but he has tremendous promise and has shown great results. The people who work for him love him....honestly.
I took him out with his wife tonight to get to know them on a more social level. His wife is fat with Bon Jovi hair and giant fake nails and the attitude to match. I never met her before. Needless to say, I'm pushing him down the list of contenders. It basically confirms my worst fears. He was my top candidate and now I'm fucking pissed he didn't have the smarts to either marry someone better or hide her from me.
If anyone tells you stuff like this doesn't matter, don't believe their bullshit. This might have topped out this guys career.