Conversations with new team member** …
Me: oh, you cycle? cool! what do you ride?
New Team Member: you wouldn’t have heard of it.
Me (on hearing his daughter had just finished university):
oh wow, that’s crazy! my youngest just completed a design degree too!
New Team Member: oh but mine did honours
Me: (ffs, is this what we’re doing now?):
gosh, what a coincidence! so did mine!
** older guy, previous long term role in senior management at small high-profile organisation, pivoting into different area, reporting to me. We had some reservations when recruiting, but decided to take a chance because of his experience and because he sold himself incredibly well.
Yet another lesson that if it is not a HELL YEAH, it’s a no.