Imagine a business supper, where colleagues are toasting one of their own for an important award, only this time the winner of the award is one of the offices stranger occupants. In fact, he is almost unknown by anyone, because of his closed and solitary demeanour. Imagine his manager is now speaking and obviously struggling to give a kind toast.
“What can I say about Gus? A man of few words? A man who disappears into his work? A serious professional in our team for over a decade now? Yes, and so much more, but I’ll let those who know him best say a few words.”
We can feel the room go dead quiet with tension and everyone is visibly afraid to be called on to talk about the man they all now realize has always been a complete stranger to everyone.