Posted by Danny Morris
December 13th, 2011
Christmas is nearly upon us and workplaces across the land are beginning to look forward to the staff Christmas party and other shared festivities. It’s usually an occasion of great fun and team bonding but it’s also the time when leaders and managers can be at their most vulnerable.
Most leaders are wise enough not to drink too much and end up doing something inappropriate or embarrassing. Yet managers can also get ambushed at parties once the alcohol has begun to flow with colleagues. Sober judgement can be suspended and words said to the boss that are later deeply regretted. In other words, it’s not just about what you do or don’t do; it’s also being aware of what others may do because you are there. One seasoned chief executive I work with has a principle for these occasions of being the first to the bar and the first to leave the party.
I think the boss should always go to the party. It’s important to party with your people. But go with a plan.