Is every state in the US undergoing as much continual road work as we see in Delaware? It makes for some challenging and frustrating moments. One section yesterday just left me scratching my head. The road narrowed from two lanes to one, so you have to take turns and follow the directions of the people with the signs. Waiting my turn and paying attention to the "STOP" turned in my direction, I realized that I was frustrating the man holding the sign who began to frantically wave at me to drive forward. So I let off the brake and slowly started. He became even more energetic so I just drove on through. I saw the cars behind me responding very similarly to how I did. And then it looked like after five or so cars, he finally flipped the sign. I have no idea if it meant slow at the at point or stop for the reamining cars but thankfully, I was on my way.
Some months ago, there had been a programmable sign on the side of the road, advising drivers about when road work would commence. Then a day later, the sign had been changed. Someone had obviously hacked into the program for it now loudly declared, "DANGER WILL ROBINSON!" Other than the creative signs that DELDOT places over our major highways lately, that's on the top of my list for favorite road signs.
All of this got me to thinking though... what are the signs that we put up? Do we say go when we mean stop? Do we send a sign to a client that we're not listening to what they're saying or are in disagreement with them by our words, our body language, our tone of voice? If you're not sure, have a trusted colleague listen to you and ask for a critique. Or just take the time to analyze yourself. Ask yourself if it's worth winning a fight, being right on a small point, stating your case all the time. Will all of that help in the long run?
That classic by The Five Man Electrical Band summed it up well. Signs, signs, everywhere a sign. Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?
Just make sure the sign you're holding up is the one you intended to show.