A colleague walked into my office a couple of days ago and told me something so weird it inspired me. And here’s the secret- it’s about him, and it’s about you. And you won’t like it. Here it is. Read it and you will never forget it.
He once described me as a ‘tricky character’ to an external supplier who was about to deal with me. I did not like that descriptor, but with time accepted it. Why did I accept it? Because it is true, dammit. I was reminded of this when he shared with me (“Hey- you could use this for Possums”) an insight in to human nature he’d just heard at breakfast from a Northern Englishman supply chain expert (I was having voluntary root canal work done so could not attend).
It’s an old expression that I have never paid attention to. But in its telling, this colleague reminded me that it is one of the most critical insights we need to know and accept if we are to work with and lead people, and manage ourselves. This is what that Northern Englishman said about you, about the colleague, and- yip- it’s absolutely fair to say, about me.