A young advertisement company employee was in a terrible motorcycle accident, but due to the heroics of the hospital staff the only permanent injury was the loss of one ear.
He remained in the company and eventually became an editor-in-chief.
However, during his career he was always sensitive about his appearance.
One day the Editor was interviewing two Designers and a Office Boy for his personal staff.
The first Designer was a Basic Design type and it was a great interview.
At the end of the interview the Editor asked him, “Do you notice anything different about me?”
The Young Designer answered, “Why yes. I couldn’t help but notice you are missing your left ear, so I don’t know whether this impacts your hearing on that side.”
The Editor got very angry at this lack of tact and threw him out of his office.
The next candidate, an Advanced Designer, when asked this same question, answered, “Well yes, you seem to be short one ear.”
The Editor-in-chief threw him out also.
The third interview was with the Office Boy.
He was articulate, extremely sharp, and seemed to know more than the two Designers put together.
The Admiral wanted this guy, but went ahead with the same question.
“Do you notice anything different about me?”
To his surprise the Office Boy said,“Yes. You wear contact lenses.”
The Editor was impressed and thought to himself, what an incredibly tactful guy. “And how do you know that?” the Editor asked.
The Office Boy replied, “Well sir, it’s pretty hard to wear glasses with only one ear.”