The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]


Inspiration From The Random Post-It Note Writer …

A few weeks ago – after being away on a business trip – I found the above note on my laptop.

I have no idea who wrote it and – to be honest – I’m not sure if it was meant as a reminder of what I should be doing or a report on what I do … but either way, it’s a pretty good standard to live up to.

Many years ago, a magazine asked what my job was. I replied …

“To ensure no one gets complacent, whether that’s the team, the agency or the client”.

I used to think what that meant was to ‘keep pushing, prodding and provoking so we would stay focused on making the biggest difference in the most interesting way rather than settle for good and easy’, but now I know a better interpretation is this.

Be great.
Fuck shit up.
And do it again tomorrow.

We all win if we all want higher standards.


18 Comments

You to a t.

Comment by Lee Hill

I see your brilliance of saying something where you don’t know if you mean it as a compliment or insult is still alive and well.

Comment by Rob

That note isn’t from a colleague, it’s from Satan.

Comment by DH

And your computer photo explains why.

Comment by DH

nailed it.

Comment by andy@cynic

My colleagues are satan.

Comment by Rob

and your way of stopping complacency is by being a fucking annoying dick who is constantly distracting the people who do the work from doing the work? life must be fucking amazing on your planet.

Comment by andy@cynic

He will claim that by limiting their concentration to the absolute minmum, he allows them to attain the level of focus hat produces the best work. He will be wrong.

Comment by John

+1

Comment by DH

+1. Sorry Robert.

Comment by George

If my actions helped remove the pressure of delivering world class ideas so you could deliver world class ideas, then I’ll happily take the accusation. It was always in service of you and the work. Always. Most of the time.

Occasionally.

Comment by Rob

I’ve never been great.

Comment by John

youre being too hard on yourself doddsy, youre great at being a dirty bastard pedantic fuck. its the main reason i like you.

Comment by andy@cynic

That sums up my experience with you pretty well, though Andy makes a good additional point the writer appears to have missed.

Comment by Pete

this is what i call undeniable fucking proof.

Comment by andy@cynic

Didn’t you once have a reference that said you were a hand grenade and they would put you into client meetings to blow things up? From the note, it seems nothing has changed.

Comment by George

Yep, Rupert Howell. He also said he was very grateful I don’t drink.

He was another person – like Lee – where the line between compliment and insult is a hairs breadth.

Comment by Rob

Rupert is a smart man.

Comment by Lee Hill




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