A friend of mine (lets call him Jim) works in a retail shop. Jim has many years experience in retail and hates it when people don't do things the right way. He has only been working there 2 months and his probation will end at the end of November.
His colleague (lets call him Bob) has been with the company for four years. He is not the sharpest pencil in the packet. Whenever someone tries to improve something, he tells everyone that he is in charge and acts all bossy, saying things like if people don't want to do things his way then he will make sure that certain contracts are not renewed.
The area manager (lets call him John) really doesn't like dealing with staff that don't get along or complain about each other and prefers that staff sort issues out among themselves. He explicitly told Jim that he wants to see people use their initiative. He also said that Bob had his chance as manager and that he couldn't do the job when Jim talked to John about Bob's ways. John also said that the branch doesn't have a manager at the moment, and that everyone is on equal foot and should try to get along as every single person has to prove themselves if they want to remain with the company.
How should Jim go about showing he is able to use his initiative when Bob is "blocking" everyone's attempts?
Edit: The shop only has 6 or 7 employees.