This morning I received the following response from one of our leaders in an instantaneous fashion to my cheerleader-like email expressing some scheduling conflicts.
“Please let me know who, when, and where this collaboration will take place. You’ll need to complete the same meeting log and submit to me following your meeting. Thank you so much, _ _ _ _ _ _ _”
I found this irritating at first, then my emotions moved more towards anger, but since this morning I have grown and am now able to see the humor in this situation. It occurs to me that in order to collaborate in an effective manner, for the betterment of educating our youth (of course), it behooves us to communicate in that same effective manner. The BIG W’s being What, Who, and Where communicated a micro-managerial tone in an abruptly curt email. This might not seem ironic to some, but it seriously was in response my “I love this idea!”
There. It’s out there. I can’t take it back. I actually was expressing an interest – no an appreciation for one of our (many) leaders’ ideas. So much for that road to collaboration via communication.
I’m happy to report that after some brilliant advice from nerosremorse. I responded to this leader and cc:’d the the leader’s leader. Never have I received an email that I would consider groveling from anyone.
Thanks nerosremorse! Just one step closer to redemption for you!!!