Right after I was returning from a three and a half weeks long road trip with destinations in 5 countries, then attending an advanced presentation skills workshop, I was finally heading to the airport to catch a plane to Paris in order to attend the very first CPPP conference.
In the middle of February, one of my colleagues, Bob told me on chat that he hadn’t had yet his yearly performance review. It was due by the end of January. He was rather surprised, that I actually completed it. That is because I’m really pushy on my one-2-ones and reviews. I made sure that my manager scheduled it before I left on long vacations. When it had to be rescheduled I took care of it.
Who was it? It depends. If we were looking for a technically correct answer, it would be simply impossible to tell and someone who died long years later. But given his character, his stance, his acts and decisions and his legacy, it was Marcus Porcius Cato or if you prefer Cato the Younger.
I’m a strict person with a relatively high level of self-discipline. I’m strict with myself and with most of the others. Especially with those who I respect, with those who I consider more capable. I’ve recently realized that this might be a big mistake.