My company is sending me, and several other colleagues to Leadership School. In preparation for this, we've been requested to fill out 360degree surveys on each other. The 360 refers to the fact that these will be completed by people all around you--below, above, beside.
Many of the questions focus on people skills, such as, "Does this manager treat mistakes as opportunities for learning in a positive way?"
I think I failed that this past weekend. We went camping with several friends, and through a series of events too complex to go into, we brought 3 extra children with us, in addition to our own two. There were also two other families, with their own children in the group.
For breakfast one morning, several of the children requested noodle cups (fine by me--quicker and easier to boil water than cook eggs and bacon). Two of the girls left their styrofoam noodle cups, with the dregs, on the table. As I went to pick them up to discard, I realized they'd spilled noodles, broth, and vegetable matter all over the table around the cups. I was peeved. I might also have been a teensy bit stressed out about having 5 kids to track that weekend.
Anyway, I called the girls back, showed them the mess, and very sarcastically asked them, "Are you guys kidding me? Is that how you clean up after yourselves? Clean that up right now!" The girls were properly apologetic, cleaned where directed, and promised not to do it again.
Looking over at DH to share an exasperated eye-roll, his expression of surprise made me replay the scene in my head. Hmmm. OK, I might have been a little harsh in my delivery of the message. If they'd had a chance to fill in a 360 on my leadership style right then and there, I would not have scored very well. Good thing I don't actually talk to colleagues that way!