One of my Colleagues, recently promoted to a team leader position has been putting management's nose out of joint recently by querying silly things.
First off, she queried the company policy re: expenses and claiming back costs for a team "bonding" meal. Understandable, as I feel the query had merit. Unfortunately, whilst I wasn't privy to her conversations with management, I have overheard they were probably not as diplomatic and professional on my colleagues part as they should have been.
Secondly, she queried quite forcefully how to deal with a team member's disappearance, out in the open in our open plan office. Said team-member has recently had some unrelated HR issues and it appears to have been quite complex, resulting in an apparently mutual parting of ways. This underling has essentially been "missing" from the office, and its an open secret that she's left, although not why. This has not been shared with the client, who have been informed that she is on long term sick and that other members of staff are picking up the slack in the meantime. The company seems to be being extra cautious about how her departure is handled.
Whilst I understand my colleague's concerns, she had a very vocal discussion with one of the senior managers about what's going on. Essentially, it boiled down to "This is how it has been decided how it's dealt with, we need to be careful about this", whilst her repeated (loud) argument was "but we're lying to our client" (who, to be fair, have been asking after the team member).
It just so happens there's going to be an announcement re: the team member's departure at a meeting with the client next week, as this is the best time to do so, and this eventually mollified my colleague. She then left for her desk. As I sit close to the senior managers, I was in a position to overhear the discussion which followed - which did not bode well for her.
I feel she's endangering her promotion by acting brashly. I feel she makes a great team leader, and that she would be the best in the role. She'll undoubtedly be on a probationary period, however, and unfortunately for her there are other internal candidates for her role, ones who might be more politically savvy.
How do I clue my colleague in that she needs to smarten up politically, before she really annoys management?