Thursday, July 21, 2005

Vignettes: Appreciation for what I don't do too

While I was special projects lead with a major corporation in 1999, team members came to rely on me for solving every technical problem that came along. ("The network's down!" "Let's go tell Steve!") Because creativity can go both ways, I began telling them, "You appreciate me for what I do here, but you also need to appreciate me for what I don't do."

ZM asked me to introduce him to SR, who was new to the team. I did, quite professionally (as always), but later told ZM, "Now what I didn't say at the end was: 'By the way, S ... Z has the hots for you!'" ZM immediately blushed and exclaimed, "Thank you! Thank you! I am a happily married man!"


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