When you do something wrong, is the first thing you do say “I’m sorry” or is it to look around and see if anyone noticed?
I walked my son to his classroom this morning and he still had a few minutes to play before the morning bell. Some sixth graders were kicking a footy ball nearby and I hardly registered their presence. I was busy looking at one little boy’s loose tooth when the footy ball suddenly whacked me on the head. I looked up for an apology but all I found were two boys looking for their ball. Surely they had to notice that they hit me – hard.
Three weeks ago my daughter came home from school with a note asking her to set up an account on a class website. I imagined a tool the teacher would use to communicate reminders to the class and engage about the classroom learning to reinforce what they are doing at home and outside of the classroom.
I’ve worked for a lot of managers – good, great, average and awful. In consulting, I would switch projects every few months. More often than not, I’d have a new manager I was reporting to and just as often I would be assigned a new internal career counselor.
Have you worked with any of these managers? You may even see yourself in some of the descriptions…