The people who work within my organization, Scribe Media, are called Tribe Members. And one day, a new Tribe Member stood in front of our co-founder and dropped two black trash bags on the ground.
Our co-founder looked at the Tribe Member, then down to the trash bags.
“What the hell is this?”
“These are the binders for the Guided Author workshop,” the Tribe Member said. “You asked me to bring them.”
“In trash bags? What are you doing to me?!” These were going to be handed out to workshop attendees. Garbage bags was not the look we were going for.
The new Tribe Member didn’t know what to say.
Later, I asked him, “Why didn’t you just ask someone what to carry these binders in?”
He looked down. “I didn’t want to ask a dumb question.”
I explained to him that there’s no such thing as a dumb question, but there are dumb actions. “Next time, ask the dumb question and leave the trash bags behind,” I advised.