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Thursday, October 27, 2011

A critic is a man who knows the way but can’t drive the car

Why do certain people feel the need to announce to me that there is one fax cover sheet left in the box when I can clearly see that for myself?   Why do certain people point out that there is a package next to my desk when I'm the only one here who would have signed for it upon delivery?  Why do certain people point out there is a spill on the counter to me instead of wiping it up for themself?  Why do certain people just stand and stare instead of offering some form of assistance when an entire coffee pot explodes all over the entire breakroom and the front of my pants?  Why do certain people ask me a mail related question everytime they put something in the outgoing mail box as if to make sure I acknowledge it and will in fact mail it out for them?  Why do certain people automatically think someone stole their laptop power cord because they can't find it?   Why do certain people think sitting in the office on their computer all day makes them appear to be hard at work? 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It is often easier to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

It's been a while since I"ve blogged, but don't worry, it's not for lack of material.  Rather it's been more like lack of uninterrupted time, and increased attention of what is on my computer screen by others.  Quite a few things have changed within the office since my last post.  It's been interesting watching what a vast difference that a very small amount of people can make in an office dynamic.  I wouldn't necessarily say it's less dramatic in here, I would just say it's spread a bit more evenly throughout instead of concentrated on a few select individuals.  Eliminating 2 focal points in the daily war on sales has helped others look elsewhere for things to be disgruntled about.  For instance, questioning for the 8th time this week a selling program that hasn't changed in months has been a good start. I think it is safe to say we could have the same meeting topic for 5 months and people would still ask new questions.  Not because they don't understand, but because they are hoping the answer may have changed from one week to the next.  This way, their error, whether unintentional or not,  may now actually have become the new procedure.  If this isn't a great selling tactic, I don't know what is.  Hmm, maybe these sales people are smarter than what they appear to be....