“Has anyone died?”
“No. No one died. Let’s keep a perspective on things.”
When the challenges in a “character-building” project step up a couple of gears and pressure builds up, people can do and say crazy things.
My team would sometimes take it personally when a client blows up, because deadlines, defects, conflict regarding change and scope, personality clash, politics, agenda, weather, traffic, leaves on the track, train strikes. Whatever.
Sometimes people are unprofessional.
Sometimes they cross the line.
It’s my job as project manager to make sure the “noise” does not reach my team and distract them from their work but am not always successful. They take it home, and it affects them and those around them.
Recently, I’ve had close family and friends affected by loss and bereavement.
Yesterday I learned another life taken by cancer. It feels like a punch in the gut.
Life is short.
Because, most of the time, the work is not the most important thing in life.
The meanness, the pettiness, the small mindedness.
None of it matters.
What matters is being human.
Just be human. Please.