Time: Saturday afternoon: Yes, that’s right: bank holiday short straw…I’ll keep it brief.
Severity of Injury: Bent ear, followed by constant ringing
Fiscal Impact: Minimal
Career impact: Lost a department.
Emotional Impact: Trembling ganglions. Trauma. Tendency to burst into tears.
Incident details: Incident caused by communications standards clash. Head of Research said: I want to upgrade our storage to Flash. I said (with a tinge of sarcasm that he obviously missed): “Wouldn’t that be nice?” He took that to mean, “Go ahead, I’ll sign it off and if anything goes wrong, I’ve got your backup.” Which, needless to say, is my word against this. But whom are they going to believe? Like the flash itself, he’s very fast, he’s hard and he has a volatile memory. Injury took place as I realised I was being pulled out of a meeting for an emergency summit with Purchase Ledger.
Extent of Damage: Reputation trashed.
Lessons Learned: Gained new insights into the head of R&D.
Diagnosis: Budget trauma. Severe stretching of the truth.