As I watch the video of Sen. Warren approaching Sen. Sanders at the end of the Democratic debate and point out the obvious – – that he is accused her of lying about whether he had ever spoken about a woman being unelectable as president – – I was reminded how what we say can come back and haunt us.

I obviously wasn’t there when the conversation occurred.

I don’t know whether what Sen. Warren said was completely accurate or accurate at all.

I do know that what we say and come back and haunt us.

I remember as a young man sitting at the client’s office being asked by the HR professional why it is that a particular senior VP was hiring relatively ordinary consultants from a London-based consulting firm when he could have been hiring them full time in New York. I remember blurting out, “I suspect he’s getting a kickback.”  I learned that lesson from that one brief remark. After all, despite the fact that the company was paying $2000 a day per consultant for someone that they could hire want the full time staff for $60,000 a year (it was 30 years ago), it was the only thing that made sense . . . And I was punished for stating what I did.

We can get haunted in so many different ways by things we say and don’t say and need to be conscious of potential impacts of our remarks.

The remark that seems funny can be heard to be cutting.

The fact that you share yourself is being smart can be heard as intimidating.

We can become haunted in our careers by the things we say and don’t say.


Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020



Career Angles | Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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