Wasn’t supposed to go to a meeting. Had another meeting scheduled. But something in my gut , an instinct told me I had to go.

My gut did not fail me. 

Had to diffuse a situation that we were to blame. 

The question remaina how can one train for street smarts? Diskarte? 

I confess that I am lacking in this primarily because of reps/experience. I am too easy to please, too accepting, extremely adaptable, too contemplative, too bookish. All of these things conspiring to minimize the need for diskarte and street smarts.  

Before one can teach one must first learn, and not only learn but learn well.
I think I have to gamify this. I have to put myself in non life threatening situations where I can exercise and learn street smarts.

I am still pondering this.