Things that I wish I’d said …

Following on from my previous post, I have always been impressed and rather humbled by the ability of my international colleagues to conduct our business in what is, for them, a non-native language. This admiration extends particularly to their participation in what can be at times quite intense and argumentative discussions.

Consequently I just loved this quote from an exasperated Swedish colleague during a ‘lively’ discussion of the draft text of our current meeting report. She demonstrated her command of the English language with the following:

It’s this kind of sloppy decision making that’s going to f**k -up the whole thing!

I couldn’t have put it better myself!

Soft skills and me …

Having spent more than 30 years honing and fine-tuning the sort of diplomatic skills necessary to work effectively in the national and international fisheries science arena, I was delighted to be told by a colleague before a¬†particularly ‘difficult’ session of an international coordination meeting that:

There’s no need for Maggie to go with you, you’re bolshie enough on own”.