Busted! My boss caught me meeting multi-tasking

“Doh! I got caught,” was the first thought that ran through my head.  Thursday, my boss was running a meeting with her staff of 5 where we were practicing an operational review we were collectively presenting to her boss, our Vice President, the next day.  It’s been a long week of 8 hours straight of meetings and I was falling behind a little bit on some other deliverables.

So, yeah, I stopped paying attention and was working on something else.  Then she said, “Pete, what do you think?”




So you know what I did?  I followed my own advice and plead guilty.

“I’m sorry, you caught me multi-tasking.  Can you repeat the question?”

It was indeed repeated with no tone of anger, I gave my answer and the meeting continued.

Sometimes, doing more than one thing at once is a necessity but, more times than not, admitting your full attention was elsewhere when you get busted for it is the way to go.

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2 Responses to “Busted! My boss caught me meeting multi-tasking”

  1. Pete Broding Says:

    Having witnessed what Pete described, I have to say – it was handled very professionally…and to be honest, it didn’t even register to me that he was “busted”. So definitely, take his advice if you’re ever in the same position!

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