If you are in a position where you manage or supervise others, you can be justly proud of your accomplishment, and that you have been entrusted with that responsibility. But never assume you are necessarily smarter than those you supervise. If you do, you might just get a reminder. Consider this conversation I overheard at a local office supply store.
Supervisor: “Would you look at this? I just found a box of business cards we printed up for somebody and they never picked them up. What’s more, there’s no paperwork with them. It got lost.”
Employee: “Those things are all paid for in advance. Why don’t we give the person a call and tell them to come pick up the cards?”
Supervisor: “Didn’t you hear me say there was no paperwork? We don’t have any record of the person’s name or phone number. We have no idea who ordered the cards or how to contact them.”
Employee: “They’re business cards. They have the person’s name and phone number on every one.”
Supervisor: (blushing slightly) “Oh…er…right. I’ll give them a call.”