'Good Cop' / 'Bad Cop' In Your Company?

An integrator commented:

I know where my weaknesses are, and one of them is that I like to be everybody's buddy. So I do it Navy style. I'm the skipper and nice to everybody, and I have an "XO" who is a complete hard-a**.

This raises an interesting point. In your company or other companies you have interacted with, have you seen such a dynamic?

Sometimes / some people call it a 'good cop' / 'bad cop' routine where one person is hard / demanding and the other person is friendly / accomodating.

At IPVM, for what it is worth, I prefer that I am the 'bad cop' and negative issues fall on me.

So what about your company / other companies? What dynamics have you seen work or not?

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