Thursday, June 04, 2009

Heard: Define "Important"

Committee Intern receives explicit instructions from the departing committee staff – who are about to attend a meeting – for Committee Intern to contact staff immediately at a certain number in the event that someone “important” calls. Being in a rush, recognizing that Committee Intern had been on the job for a few weeks, and banking on common sense, staff did not define the word “important.”

Committee Intern receives a phone call from Committee Chairman to talk to a certain staffer. Committee Intern patches the Chairman to staffer’s voicemail…. and then leaves for the day before staff returns.