Not too long ago, the illustrious and ever-so-kind Tim Gunn was on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson promoting the newest season of Project Runway. Among the ‘usual things’ they chatted about (fashion, the new contestants, Aqua Man), Tim touched on something that really has application for just about every type of business: The Monkey House.
Tim & Craig joked about how (and I am paraphrasing here) staying too long in the monkey house can make you believe that the foul odor you’re smelling really isn’t all that bad. Now, yes, they were joking about how some folks in the TV industry can be a little smarmy and not the most up-and-up sort of business men and women (hello, Conan). But what they brought up rings true in communications, financial services, technology, whatever.
Truth is, we all have our monkey house moments …
- times when we compromise our standards for the ‘greater good.’
- the occasion when you shook your head when some knucklehead blurted out something tasteless or just dumb in the boardroom.
- the instant you find yourself defending some crap move that an executive made.
There are so many things out of our control and way too many variables that come into play when it comes to business. HOWEVER, the way we conduct ourselves and how we respond to such monkey house moments speaks volumes on our character. I’m not saying that you should start packing up the moment you smell the ickyness getting flung around in your office.
But you should be part of the solution that reduces the smell, stops the flow or hauls it out.
When was the last time you had a monkey house moment in your office? What do you do to keep the Monkey House away from your team?