Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Smelly Cat

The last 2 days I served as a table facilitator for a work leadership workshop. The fact that I have been able to sit still for the 8 hours yesterday with limited self induced blackberry interuptions is a blog in itself.

This blog however is about my favorite role play, "how to tell an employee that they have body odor". I have personal experience in this area (more than once) and have amused others as I have embellished the story over the years.

Yesterday The Greek Goddess, Demetra topped any smelly odor story or amusement I could share. Direct quote (following the detailed story of how she had to counsel him for his stinky problem, "The counseling worked, thank goodness, but the other day I walked into his office. And OH MY, I recognize that smell. (PAUSE FOR DRAMA EFFECT). I guess I am a bad leader because I went to my meeting and didn't go back to verify."

Yes, body odor counseling is a dilemna.

By the way, last night I had baked garlic for dinner. Thank goodness no one had to counsel me on the terrible left over breath today.

6 comments:

Paula said...

A sticky note that says "Take a shower" isn't succinct and/or sufficient enough?

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love the smell of garlic. Body odor though, no! Love, Mom

Kim Thomas said...

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, what are they feeding you. Smelly Cat, Smelly cat, it's not your fault.

Agent DragonFly said...

Work a flight or even fly as a passenger to London....or India (no offense) but FOR REAL B.O. serious problem....
I have had to try to move passengers, discretely, as possible...and have had my eyes water during certain parts of the service :(

Ruthie Girl said...

It doesn't even seem real. Do they really not get it?!?

Queen B said...

1. wish I had been in the workshop :) I would pay good money to be table facilitated by Jane.

2. never a good situation