American Experience
Early Years: Pivotal Decisions
Pivotal Decisions: Should a Flash of Anger End Their Relationship?

You chose Choice One. Blalock should offer a token apology to cool Thomas down.

Blalock realizes that Thomas has picked up the complex lab procedures very quickly and performed them well. Appearing inflexible could cause the young man to leave.


By placating Thomas, Blalock doesn't lose face and will be seen as "managing" the situation.
Blalock will retain Thomas, who has proven to be a skilled assistant.
He will not have to find and train someone new.


If Thomas stands on principle, he may not be so easily dissuaded.
Thomas may continue to make similar mistakes in the future if he doesn't understand the necessity of being precise.

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