As the responsibilities of the day hijack our schedules and strategy defers to reactivity, interpersonal relationships and common courtesy are often neglected faster than Mark Sanchez after his first pick-6.
Recently, while conducting a conference call, at least two people signed off as I was recapping the content and administering (what I thought was) a heartfelt goodbye. I was furious…until it became humbly apparent that I am a habitual offender and on multiple occasions “beeped off” to gain a precious 7-10 seconds on my next “critical” endeavor. I thought about how my bosses, colleagues and even clients must have felt after this seemingly simple oversight. I am proud to say that “beeping off early” has been quit, cold turkey.
I trust that our team can learn from my mistake and hope to hear some of your thoughts on simple ways to improve communication and interpersonal relationships in the workplace.