If I have a sudden urge to slap myself a few times, does it mean I need psychiatric help?
Not necessarily. It just means you have an adventurous streak. However writing to your own alter-ego does seem to be creeping toward a desperate cry for help.
— Evil Skippy
Yes, readers, it is true. I have slapped myself. It’s only fair since ES has slapped so many poor saps in the past. Here’s what happened.
On Wedensday, I presented my 2018 Harassment Prevention program to a local employer. Not to brag or anything, but I was a smash hit. Attendees were engaged; hands were clapped. My class members asked great questions and best of all I got lots of laughs. No wonder Jim Gaffigan and Margaret Cho do what they do. I drove home smiling, even wishing the bad drivers a nice day. Throw me your best pitch, World! I’m ready.
Be careful about tempting the World. The 90-mph pitch hit me in the face and I didn’t even get walked to First Base.
OK, I was not actually playing sports with wooden weapons and projectiles. My physician discourages such activity due to a monumental lack of skill and depth perception — I only catch baseballs by accident. Instead, I was hit by that ubiquitous tormentor of our time – e-mail. Here is the message, with names changed to protect the innocent:
I enjoyed very much your presentation today about harassment in the workplace. But I have to admit one of your slides bothered me a bit, not that I was offended by it but that it seemed to undermine your presentation a little bit.
Excuse the interruption and allow me to show you the slide:
Interruption over. Back to the e-mail:
I may have been the only one that noticed this on your slide with the dirty joke book reference but the authors of the book were Mike Oxbent and Harry P. Ness. It may never happen that anybody complains about this but I know that if this presentation were to be given to my staff, there is one team member who would express dissatisfaction that an expert on sexual harassment would have shown a slide like this. My apologies if this was intended to be funny but I thought it was more likely that you didn’t notice.
— Abraham Lincoln
OMG. Have you ever heard the expression, “I died a little inside”? I was water-boarded first. Slaps to me as well as an appointment with the eye doctor.
As bad as this already is, I’ve used this particular slide during the “Is It Harassment?” group exercises for YEARS and never noticed the authors’ names. Never. (I had to read the first name several times before I “got it” – and that was only because I finally read it out loud. Whoops!) It took me about 4.3 seconds to create a new slide:
So. To any previous class members who noticed the old slide and were appalled – so sorry. To any previous class members who thought, “I bet Jim has no idea. This is hysterical” – good one! You got me! To the rest of you who did not notice – move on and pretend this never happened.
The lesson here? Anyone can screw up. Some of us just do it more dramatically than others.
OK readers, I’ve confessed. Your turn. Help me heal my self-image and share times when you messed up at work in a public way. Pretty please?
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