You are with two colleagues in a restaurant.
While you’re all looking at the menu, the
people at the next table start talking about their recent corporate acquisition – a company your employer recently sold!
You’re not trying to listen, but their table is literally
twelve inches from yours.
They’re talking about finances, staff, and their
opinions of the executive team. You know
every name they mention.
What do you do?
- Without disclosing your affiliation, politely inform them that you can hear their conversation.
- Tell them you’re affiliated with the seller.
- Take notes.
- As you leave ask them to say hello to all of your former colleagues!
It never ceases to amaze me how easily we disclose
private or sensitive information in a public place.
Cell phones make it even worse.
The next time you’re on your cell in public take a
second to decide if what you’re discussing is fit for general consumption!