I’ve just had the following conversation with an old friend and ex-colleague on AIM:
[22:41:47] Mike: Did you read my recent 'adventure' in my blog? In trouble for my big mouth again. [22:42:05] SteveP : no. i'll take a look at that presently. [Snip]... [22:45:59] SteveP : whoa. just found the long blog. reading... [22:46:17] Mike: OK, I'll give you a few minutes. [22:48:27] SteveP : the sentence starting "Folks..." sounds like one of your famous open air flames... (continues) [22:48:32] SteveP : : - ) [22:51:32] SteveP : "You kind of came across as an asshole, but the other guy responded like a dumbass. Which I'm sure annoyed you." *snort* [22:55:43] Mike: I've since exchanged a couple of emails with Chris. She's nice. [22:58:31] SteveP : *exhales* well, i can see from your log that you're just like you used to be. striving for perfection and achievement. unfortunately, other people aren't like that, and there's no use in trying to change them. you spotted a problem, and problems aren't for brushing under the carpet in your book (and mine). it seems to me that you wanted to resolve the problem quickly and effectively, and in your mind, the initial email (and the developing incarnations thereafter) was the most suitable way to proceed. at least one of your recipients didn't like your choice of method, or content, whatever. [22:58:44] SteveP : i've worked with you. i enjoyed it immensely. you have the same goals as i, and i would take absolutely no offence with any of those emails you sent. if i was in the wrong, i would be delighted that you pointed it out to me. some people just don't know when they've got a valuable asset on their team. [22:59:34] SteveP : my 2p.