No one likes to make a mistake. I know I certainly don’t. But it happens to all of us. Some mistakes are the result of a poor choice.
Other mistakes are just dumb. They happen during a temporary lapse of attention, and afterwards we can see how easily they might have been avoided.
A few years ago in the early weeks of December, I made a dumb mistake. For a moment, I did not pay attention. As a result, a person I value might have felt uncomfortable and just as he was starting a new role.
Lucky for me, the person in question has a great sense of humour.
It was my job to organize a gathering of board members from across Western Canada. We began with a networking dinner, which was to be followed by meetings the next day.
I selected an appropriate restaurant and arranged for the menu in advance.
People arrived in cabs I'd organized. The networking was great, the dinner was delicious, and the atmosphere was fun.
Everyone thanked me as we were heading out the door. I hailed some cabs...