I was visiting my best friend Matt, and his young sons Alex and Owen were outside playing.
Owen came in and shut the glass door, leaving Alex accidentally locked outside.
When Alex looked through the glass, amused but pleading, I channeled “Nelson” from The Simpsons, pointed at him and fake-laughed “HA – ha!”
Owen looked at me weirdly, and Matt said “What are you doing? That’s not you.”
He’s right. I joke around a lot, but not usually in a mocking or sarcastic way, especially around those boys.
They were confused, and for a while, wary. What’s gotten into “Uncle” Alan?
New experimental policies, ways of joking around, or giving feedback can surprise and startle people.
Some leaders think changes like this will “keep people on their toes.”
With everything we do, make sure we’re being the right “you.”