Thursday, 29 May 2008
I am unsure if this post is naive or inevitable but I am going to write it anyhow (well, when I have retrieved a beer from the fridge, anyway).
400 miles around stores in a van today; a full tank of fuel used, eight counties encountered. This was largely enjoyable - BUT...
Turn up on a store visit in a Mercedes and wearing a decent suit and carrying a briefcase, and answers and greetings are abundant. Turn up in a tired van, wearing civvies, not booked in on a delivery slot and largely unannounced, and you're a c**t.
I dislike this contrast because suited or casual, I am polite, honest, chatty and decent to everyone I meet on store visits. And I always know my brief.
But for one chap with whom I have worked before and two good blokes on FLT's, I met new people today or people who generally resent my role - and they were pretty much wankers to a man (all the women were consistent and kind)!
I just did my bit and kept going. There was one chap who was particularly condescending and offensive but what can you do? He's the tosser not me.
Anyhow, I am home tonight and back out tomorrow because I had 1 van but 1.5 van's worth of stock! A happy run to Birmingham first thing listening to D.I.D .
Kinda' disappointing that there is no team enthusiasm for our stores to succeed ; this us and them mentality is why we do not prosper as brightly as we might. I hope I am made permanent next month and I will see to that - it is not tricky to resolve as long as you can tolerate irritating a few people along the way and holding in mind that you might be a casualty too.
Incivility is a pisser.
The picture is W.S Churchill and Lord (Edward) Halifax, Foreign Secretary en route from the Foreign Office to the H.O.C in March 1938 to discuss the annexation of Austria. Churchill was out of Government at the time but would become First Lord of the Admiralty 18 months later and PM 8 months after that (ousting Halifax to Washington as he succeeded). I like the pic' for two reasons: Halifax is impeccably dressed from head to toe (though he had no left hand) ; and - Churchill was the pariah when this was taken but is so hugely admired now.