Irritating Manerisms

Has anybody ever taken you to one side and brought to your attention certain mannerisms which they find irritating. Now as readers will be aware like all project managers, I have no faults, am perfect in every way, suffer from a surfeit of modesty and could not possibly have irritating mannerisms.

Seriously though I am well aware of my shortcomings, but mannerisms?  You may ask what is this defect? Is it some sort of anti social behavior? Do I invade people’s space or suffer from severe halitosis?  No, I tend to perch my spectacles on the end of my nose and look at people over the top of them. I did not realize I was doing this until it was pointed out to me. The reason I do it is I need the specs to read only, so if I want to concentrate on someone ie see them I peer over the top.

I have been told that this disconcerts staff, makes consultants nervous and is a precursor to refusing subcontractor variations. Therefore, some may say it is a good mannerism, but in the cozy political correct business world of today we cannot have conflict within the “stakeholders” as we are all on the same page etc etc.

What absolute nonsense.  My job is to safeguard my employer’s wallet and if those who want to get into that wallet are irritated by my mannerisms – tough.

I don’t do it on purpose, for affect or with malice aforethought, so if anybody else has noticed any other irritating mannerisms please let me know.

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Gerry Keating

Construction Professional

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