Yacht-A Yacht-A Yacht-A
So the pressures of cleaning up BP's disastrous oil spill is too much for him to handle.
So he goes to a prestigious yacht race to cheer on ol' Bob (the name of his yacht).
Big deal... who cares?
Um... well... it would appear... A LOT OF PEOPLE.
On office politics, appearances mean everything. Arms crossed. Disengaging in a meeting. Going to lunch with somebody. Leaving early. Arriving late. Laughing at a joke. People are paying attention to what you do. For some of you, you may not care what other people think. (For the most part, I'm right there with you.) But, like it or not, we do have to be concerned about perceptions. If they go unchecked, perceptions can become fact. And facts can ruin careers.
You don't have to be obsessing about others' opinions every minute of every day. All I'm saying is to watch out for the ammo you give their perception arsenal.