Earlier this week I was catching up on my email when I came across something that surprised me. I opened an email from a former colleague and attached to it was a spreadsheet titled 3 Year Strategic Plan. Well you can imagine my surprise. My first reaction was this must be a mistake. Since I know the person, I called and asked him if he meant to send this to me. He was shocked and almost panicked. He explained that he sent this to a number of internal people and I should never have gotten it. He concluded that I was in his address book and when he typed R, my name came up. He had a long list of recipients and didn’t look carefully at who was on the To: line.
He asked me to please delete it and not forward it to anyone. I did because I didn’t want him to get into trouble and it wasn’t appropriate for me to keep this or read it. He was lucky that I got this and not a competitor.
Could this happen to you?
Photo Roger Coathup