Being invited back to dinner

5 09 2014

“The awkward moment when your sarcasm is so advanced that people actually think you are stupid.” ~Unknown

In my house, we say that it’s only being mean if what you say isn’t also funny.  Sarcasm drips from every conversation, and we do laugh a lot.  Occasionally, people that we invite for dinner and are a little shocked at some of the things that come out of our mouths at the dinner table.  Those that laugh are invited back. (I couldn’t help the sarcasm – sorry!) 🙂

While sarcasm and cutting wit might be OK at home, be careful to understand that the people that you work with aren’t “invited guests”.  They’re here to make a living, and our job as leaders is to be sure that the face that we show at work is a little more civilized than how we might be at home.  Some of the bigger mistakes I’ve seen people make in their careers was “being themselves” to the point of failure.  I’m not saying to not be genuine, but you really have to know your audience.  In a company this size, you’ll be working with people from different cultures, countries, and even – yes – different parts of the country.  Understanding your audience, and what you can and can’t say is one of the filters that you’ll need to develop if you want to have a long, successful career.  You can deliver a message many ways – choose the delivery method that is appropriate at work, not home. 

Speaking of Sarcasm…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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