I was in a situation where my manager retired, and we had an acting manager. It was at the same time that funding was less stable, and there were layoffs. At the time I thought I was quite secure: my team lead and customers were all very happy with my work; I was the only one available for some of the work; I was a go-to person for others on my team. However, both my team lead and I were laid off.
If I should run into this acting manager in a social situation (it's already happened once, so it could happen again), would there be any benefit to me asking his views about the political missteps I must have made in that situation, so I can be more aware in the future? Or is each situation enough different that there are probably no lessons to be learned?
(I am aware of some of the missteps taken, from my own perspective. The question is more is there a benefit to getting more information from other perspectives, now that it is past.)
Edit: listing my own missteps makes this less generic, but I know it was more than just budgeting. Certainly, that was why there were layoffs, but selecting me stunned my co-workers and severely angered the customers. However, my team-lead, who I strongly supported, was having a lot of difficulty with the acting manager. Simply being under an acting manager, which can't be helped, is a bad position to be in during layoffs. I also made choices, that in retrospect, helped put me in the wrong place. I've learned some. But I'm still fairly poor at the political game, and that can be just as important as doing good work. The question is then asking if this is a valid way of learning more about work politics in general.