We’re going streaking! And other bad moments in communication

When many people hear, “We’re going streaking!’ they think of Frank the Tank. If you haven’t seen “Old School,” Frank runs off streaking thinking everyone is behind him and also part of what he was doing. They weren’t.  He was alone, and embarrassed.

Dell recently introduced their new tablet computer, the Streak.  For an internal introduction by a group within the company, “One member of the marketing group wearing dark clothing and a skull-pattern mask held small metallic items aloft as he ran through office areas yelling, “Go to the lobby,” police said.”

Yes, that said “police said.”  This is because two employees were charged with “misdemeanor deadly conduct,” and “misdemeanor interfering with public duties,” respectively.

A few things before you go about communicating:

  • Know who’s behind you
  • Scaring your employees/co-workers isn’t good business
  • Think of everyone who might have a problem your methods
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