No, After You

by Frank Roche on January 28, 2011

in KnowHR

“Go ahead. You must be on a different train, ” I said.

That was to a woman this morning who was “tailigating” me down icy stairs at Daylesford Station.

She had zoomed into the parking lot in her Mini Cooper and cut right in front of me as I was walking on ice. I slipped. “I guess she wants that parking spot,” I said to myself.

Then, while I was putting my coins in the parking slot board, the same woman leaned over my shoulder to put her coins in. (People wait in line at Daylesford.)

“Seriously?” I said. First the car, now encroaching on me.

It got worse.

The stairs were slippery. I was taking them one at a time. And Don’t-Stand-Don’t-Stand-Don’t-Stand-So-Close-to-Me Woman was on my heals.

I stopped. Turned around. And said, “Go ahead. You must be on a different train.”

“Thanks,” she said.

I walked a respectful distance behind her.

And got on the same train she did.

Here’s what I know: Behavior modification doesn’t work on the oblivious. If you have a change effort going on at your shop, there are going to be some people who just don’t get it. Never will. Do what I did with my tailgater: Let them go.

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