Nothing is that urgent or important or interesting that you need to read your phone while using the urinal. Nothing!
Yesterday, in a wider team meeting, my ultimate manager (three levels up) presented his 'career journey': essentially a graph with time on the X axis and something akin to a measure of happiness on the Y axis. But this wasn't limited to work, it extended to his private life.
Getting a good job offer was, obviously, high on the Y axis while having a subordinate raise a grievance against him was low. Divorce was low but getting remarried and having kids high.
What really stood out, however, was how he included things like depression and alcoholism — he wasn't afraid to admit that his life had been messed up at times and the curve of the graph reflected this all too visibly.
Today, in a far less formal environment, I thanked him for his presentation but, more importantly, for his openness and honesty. I explained about my struggles with depression, and how I had come up against managers who, not knowing how to deal with it, acted like it didn't exist. I said it was good to have people in charge who got it.
His reply? "It's more than good, it's essential."
Like A Brutally Simple Site - Kev Quirk...
Just the right side of brutal.
There's getting the vibe right and then there's going too far just to prove how edgy you are.