Recently, I had some business meetings out of town. I packed my bag furiously, making sure I had the essentials. Toothbrush? Check. Tie and belt? Check and check. Imagine my surprise when I got to the hotel that night and discovered I had left an essential part of my suit at home—my pants. And since it was a one-day trip, I didn’t have any backup. My cargo shorts and Birkenstocks definitely wouldn’t cut it. Thankfully, I had a short window of time before my first meeting so I dashed out to the nearest store, picked up a pair of pants, and made it to the meeting on time.
I couldn’t resist sharing this photo with the folks in the meeting. They got a good chuckle, and it turned out to be a pretty good ice breaker. Hopefully they’ll remember me as someone who can get things done in a pinch, with a bit of humor thrown in to make things interesting! Check out the photo—nice socks, huh?
Lucky for me, I have been through enough meetings that I try not to sweat the small stuff, but I also had time to course correct. Managing transactions on the fly can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be a deal breaker if you have the right perspective and viewpoint. When we do things furiously—like pack for a trip or scramble to identify the cause of application downtime or an unmet SLA—we don’t always do them well. And in the end, that just causes further problems and more wasted time, something few individuals or enterprises can afford (even if it does occasionally yield a funny photo).