My Blake Bergstrom Moment
“All business all the time”
That’s my unofficial motto.
I’m a serious, contemplative type. I’ve always been accused of acting twice my age. (I used to take that as a compliment.)
So along with my seriousness, comes a slowness to laugh, especially at myself.
This week in all staff meeting I had my best (or worst depending on your perspective) communication faux pas yet.
I was giving our team some direction on writing their Performance Plans for 2011. As I’m sharing some wonderful insight on how to create a performance plan that will “set you up for success”, I inadvertently told them to “set yourself up for sex.”
Yes, I told our team to make SEX a part of their performance plan!
Of course the room erupted into laughter and many, many sidebar comments that I think I’m thankful I didn’t actually hear. I turned several shades of red and was pretty sure that the heater that has been broken in our office must have miraculously turned on.
I’m still not sure I’ve returned to my normal coloring.
But let’s just say “all business all the time” quickly went out the window and I took a step closer to learning to laugh at myself.
Ok, so please do share. What has been your worst communication faux pas?