Walking down the hall…notice someone is behind me. Turn around and see my boss.
me – are you following me?
Boss – no
keep walking, he keeps following.
me – did you need me?
Boss – I just need to tell you something
me – oh, new work? 😦
Boss – No. This is something good, stop thinking there is always a problem when I come to see you.
me – ok
Boss – I got a note today from a guy in our client group. He said you have provided terrific service and have delivered everything the client wanted.
me – oh, he is a great partner to work with
Boss – yes, he obviously thinks you are also a great partner (pause) and I told him I want the drugs he takes that makes him think you are great at your job.
me – Management 101, you are supposed to do that in two sentences. First sentence – provide the compliment and then pause. Second sentence – add the sarcasm. When you do it in one sentence, it’s not very nice.
Boss – my wife keeps telling me women don’t like the sarcasm part like men do.
me – guess you are a slow learner
Boss – yes, she says that too. Anyway, good job…have a good night. Tomorrow, for sure, something can go wrong.
me – good night, thanks for the pep talk.
or, are you just a whale?