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Friday, May 18, 2007

Shutting up

We had reached an impasse. The team didn't know how to proceed. He looked at the plan. He couldn't execute the plan. I saw a possibility. I spoke up. He didn't respond. I said something else. No response again.

And I learned a valuable lesson. He didn't want to hear me. He wasn't interested in hearing me. Or anyone else. He only wanted to hear from one voice. The voice that he enjoyed hearing. And enjoyed bantering with. Because the voice belonged to the only one who mattered to him... and his livelihood.

So I shut up. Like everyone there. Why bother? Let the dialogue continue between the two of them. And I faded into the background.

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There's no "I" in "team", but there is a "me".

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