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Uncategorized Nov 12, 2019

A colleague of mine was delivering a workshop to 80 people. During the workshop, he showed a slide with the following quote by Mike Tyson,

"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."

One of the participants was so distraught at seeing this quote that the person had to leave the room. The slide apparently triggered some deep-seated animus for Tyson.

During the next break, the organizers of the event confronted my colleague about the slide. He was confused and shocked given that the context of the quote was about business and planning.

Nevertheless, he offered to apologize to the group but the company leaders decided it would be best that he pack up his things and leave thereby ending the full-day workshop; which I estimate cost the company about $100,000.

A missed opportunity for everyone!

A real leader would've (1) allowed my colleague to resume the workshop with an apology and clarification, and (2) use the incident as a learning moment for everyone. And, who knows, the person triggered might've found closure from that discussion.

And what about the other 79 who were enjoying the workshop and learning? Apparently, that wasn't as important!

Cancel culture personified.



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