I have been in a management position for the last nine years. In other words, at 29 years old, I have more management experience than a large percentage of people quite older than I. Despite that fact, I continuously find myself in situations where I have to prove my knowledge and ability in a senior management role based upon an initial assumption that am unqualified for it. It used to infuriate me that I was always the underdog, fighting vigorously to defend my position. However, I’ve learned that it is much more entertaining to just sit back, eat a few bon-bons, then catch someone by total surprise when they are least expecting it. I find the humor in this a significant return on all the years I had to work so hard to prove my ability. Now, please excuse me while I attempt to stop gagging and wipe the scowl from my face.
I tell you that not to convince you of my brilliance, but simply to explain that I avoid bringing attention to my age, or the fact that I am the youngest person on our executive team by more than a decade. However, this week I was caught in a weak moment as we were discussing plans for an upcoming event.
ME: I think we should play Plinko, it would be an easy way to extend our prizes through the night and something to get people excited and engaged.
UNIDENTIFIED COWORKER: What is Plinko?
ME: What? You don’t know what Plinko is? It is the game that they used to play on the Price is Right.
(blank stares from a room full of colleagues)
ME: Price is Right, always on weekdays 11:00 a.m. I loved the days I stayed home from school and I could watch it.
UNIDENTIFIED COWORKER #2: Well, I don’t think that the Price is Right was on when I was young enough to be staying home from school. No, in fact, I’m quite sure I was working while you were at home watching Price is Right.
Perhaps Monday I will show up with my Trapperkeeper and excuse myself for naptime after lunch.