So I was having a conversation with Manager, who has considerable lack of people skills. Nice guy, but has absolutely no idea how to relate to people. We're having a conversation, which consists of President is mad over some presentation, and it has to get fixed by Friday. No problem. Until..
Manager: "OK, so you've got those changes I requested?"
Drone: "Yeah, already done, and draft sent on to you."
Manager: "Good, I'll download off my Blackberry and review later to see if I have any other edits, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah strategy needs updating blah blah changing the vision blah blah can't kill 6 million Jews in one day oh I'm just kidding totally bad metaphor blah blah..."
Hang on. Suddenly I'm paying attention. 6 million Jews caught my attention. For those of you not following, reread the previous paragraph. Slowly. And now I'm sitting in frozen stunned silence. Did he just compare the effort involved with changing a strategy halfway through a project, to the efforts of the Nazi final solution during the Holocaust?
I manage to force out, "um, you may not want to use that line at the exec presentation. Just a thought."
Manager: "Oh I know. OK, anything else?"
Drone: "ah, no. I think that does it for today."
Wow. I hang up the phone, stare at my screen for awhile. Shake my head, and ponder exactly how promotions at this company are handed out...