At a recent event, I was posted as an observer and was supposed to observe. I was supposed to keep my mouth shut and make notes on how the team could improve. I was supposed to wait and debrief with the team after the event. But I couldn’t help myself. I started “helping” the team I was supposed to be observing.
Obviously I didn’t help. All I did was interrupt and disrupt.
When a friend of mine called me on my behavior it irritated me on the inside. A little voice declared “Don’t you know who I am? I am important here. I am an experienced leader who is here to coach.”
So stupid. Emotions betray me constantly. I had to go to the team leader and apologize for jumping into the event.
How about you? Does that happen to you? When your emotions are spinning out of control…and your brain knows that you were wrong…and you can see that you have caused the problem…can you raise your hand and say “my bad”? Or do you stiffen up and defend your actions?
Thanks for listening.