People Say (and do) the Darndest Things

Some of the funniest, saddest, most surprising things get shared during workshops I facilitate.  Over the last month, here is a sampling of some of the things I’ve heard:

1.  During a time management workshop, a participant shared this story.  She was having problems with her computer, a member of the IT department was there taking a look at it, and because he was there, she asked if he would help move the computer to another area of the desk in order to work more efficiently. He kindly agreed to do so.  Later that day, she was called in to her manager’s office for a disciplinary meeting.  She had not asked for permission, in writing, to move the computer. Forms needed to be completed, signed off and then forwarded to another department for approval before assignment to a member of the IT team.  After demonstrating how the new format would help make her more efficient, she was allowed to keep the computer where it was … but the reprimand stayed in her employee file.

2.  A manager shared that a co-worker came to her office, dumped some papers on her desk and said “My time is too valuable to spend on this.  You do it.”  Ouch … really?

3.  And to end with a little chuckle … A sales coordinator provided a very welcome humor break during one session.  He shared that one of the regional sales managers needed some reports from their CRM and asked him if he could “copulate the report”.  He was so taken aback he thought perhaps he had the meaning of copulate wrong so he Googled it and nope … he was right!  It was an email request; it’s in writing. I’m guessing the sales manager meant populate.  Oops.

Do you have any “People Say (or do) the Darndest Things” stories to share?  We’d love to hear them.

4 thoughts on “People Say (and do) the Darndest Things

  1. Pingback: how do i know what to do? priorities for success | fool with a plan

  2. Love it. Regarding #1: a simple test to apply to any situation where an employee does something different: 1) does this violate any law, or regulation? 2) does this hurt the customer? 3) does this hurt the business? If the answer is “no” to all three, it can probably be done with no additional thought. In other words, if it isn’t helping the customer or the business, why are we wasting time worrying about it – go find ways to help the customer or the business. Surely, that manager had better ways to use their time…

    BTW – the one line that really sticks with me was from a manager who attended a training I did years ago. He said his boss told him: “Take risks, but you better not be wrong.”

    • Love the three step test. It’s great time management technique all of us can incorporate into our business practice.

      And thanks for sharing your “darndest” line. Risk implies the chance of error. I wonder how well that directive worked out?!

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