This quote not only is in the book Present not Perfect, but it also goes hand and hand with both the activity I’ll share today, but also what I write about in this activity.
Think about one mistake you made recently, no matter how big or small, and write about it.
My mistake has to do with the last blog post I wrote. In my last post, about colors, I reflected on the end of the day at work on Thursday. Many of the staff were frustrated and upset because we learned about changes being made to the program by reading it in a flyer that was being sent to the parents.
Well, this post was read and misinterpreted. There was a feeling that everyone was angry. That the staff felt the change should have been discussed/passed by us. Not the truth. Administration is administration and we realize they can unilaterally make changes. Our annoyance was having to read it in a flyer instead of just being told.
I realize that before we left work on Thursday, one of us should have voiced our concern with our boss, but sometimes you just need to sleep on something to figure out what to say/do next.
Write how it might not be such a big deal after all and what may have come out of it.
While I’m sure whoever at my job that read that blog might think that I feel my mistake was blogging about my feeling.. it’s not. My blog is a place to talk about how I feel and at the time I felt frustrated with work. Who doesn’t feel frustrated with work from time to time. I did not disrespect anyone in my piece about work, I just stated my frustration. You can read what I wrote here and make your own judgement.
What I left seeing and feeling:
- The staff was frustrated because we read about a change that we felt administration should have shared at the staff meeting the day before. We did not like reading about a change when we’d just met the day before.
- Administration was upset because they found out we were upset by reading about it on my blog. They said we should have come to them and voiced our frustration.
Hey look… these are the same frustrations! People do not want to read about changes, annoyance, or other things that effect them. They want to be told, brought in on the conversation, and/or acknowledged.
People we need to talk. We need to respect each other enough to share facts and frustrations face to face. Communication is a two way street.