I was having a bad work day - too many visitors wanting too many things from me. I felt trapped in my office, and when my direct arrived for our O3, I did something I have never done before. I suggested we move our meeting elsewhere.
And so we took a long walk down the hall to a conference room ... the conference room where the layoffs happened the week before. What was my direct thinking? He thought he might be on his way to be terminated.
I am lucky that this direct and I share a great relationship. In the end, we were able to laugh together at my stupidity. But nonetheless I am embarrassed that I focused only on the small pleasure the change of scenery would bring me, and not on the confusion it was sure to cause him.