I may have done something stupid. Need your advice. When my boss travels, I make his hotel reservations. I never book them under his celebrity name. We actually use his birth name. For example: Cary Grant’s real name was Archibald Leech. So if this was for Mr. Grant, I would book it for Mr. Leech. Well, recently we had a really busy week involving sick pets, broken down cars, an some kind of virus on the computers. It was just one of those crazier than normal weeks. For some reason, I booked his recent hotel under his real name. Eek!
Now he is there and people are calling him at the hotel and finding him because of this! I mean, this isn’t Tom Hanks we’re talking about, but still, if I told you his name, he is famous enough, that this shouldn’t happen. I feel like an idiot. How do I make this error up to him when he returns next week?
Dear Not Thinking,
Unless someone in his entourage suffers bodily harm regarding this, I think you are fine. I always say to people, “We WILL make mistakes, we just don’t know when yet.” So this is your moment. It happens. Don;t be so hard on yourself. Sit him down when he returns and feel out his emotions about it. He may just laugh it off. If he goes ballastic, I would be surprised. However, that said, letting off steam isn’t such a bad idea. Not letting off steam causes the rice cooker to explode which can be far worse, so roll with the punches. It won’t be that bad, I promise.
Also, I wouldn’t bring it up first. Let him do it.