Some time ago a Leadership Team was discussing how easily they prioritized work over time with the family. A leader from the UK, Philip, offered that indeed he would no longer procrastinate and take his children to the London Zoo this very weekend!
I acknowledged him and the remark would have disappeared into oblivion had not another team member asked him: ‘By the way Philip, how old are your children?’
Philip took a few seconds, then went pale and said almost whispering: ‘16 and 18’. The room went awkwardly silent.
Philip straightened his tie and in the best tradition of British humor he added: ‘I suddenly realized they are going to take ME to the zoo in a couple of years.’