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

My Annual Review …

So 12 months today, I started at Colenso.

Twelve months!!!

A lot has happened over this time.

Highs … lows … weird … funny … successes … lockdowns.

You name it, we’ve had it.

Overall I’ve enjoyed myself.

There’s been some surprises – from how many agencies are in a country of only 5 million people to how bizarrely bitchy the whole industry is, which genuinely makes me laugh out loud – but it’s been good.

Now this is the point where I could go on and talk about some of the things I’ve helped do and some of the things I’m going to do. From the big global business wins we’ve had to the culture book we’re putting out … but instead, I thought it would be far more interesting if I asked my lovely team mates what their first year with me was like.

Was the 7 month wait, worth it … or do they just wish NZ immigration had been more diligent in keeping me away from the border as if I was some sort of human covid pandemic?

Well I got good news and bad news.

If I’m being honest, I expected I’d just cop a load of abuse.



“Terrible clothes”.

Chaos magnet.

But actually, I got things like this:

Shot. of. adrenaline.

Invigorating, motivating, entertaining.

I say ‘things like this’, but …

1. That’s exactly what it said.

2. That’s all I got.

Now the last time I looked, my team was a lot more than 2 people and me which means this …

Most of them couldn’t even be arsed to insult me.

Not even a “old fuck”.

Which as annual reviews goes is the equivalent of ‘get your coat and get the fuck out’

However, on the positive:

1. That’s the sort of undermining I can get behind.

2. They’re stuck with me, so I get my revenge.

So as first anniversaries go, I consider that a win:win.

Except for those 3 corporate toadies with their crawler compliments.

They’re properly doomed.

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i like all but 2 of the poor fuckers who work with you campbell.

Comment by andy@cynic

and i say work in the loosest fucking sense of the word.

Comment by andy@cynic

“Entertaining” is pure diss.

Comment by DH

So is shot of adrenaline because I remember what it means. You come in unannounced, interrupt everyone by causing havoc and then leave.

Comment by DH

But goes crazy if someone coughs while he’s trying to concentrate.

Comment by Bazza


Comment by DH

You forget that Robert views being dissed as a compliment. It’s the compliments that he hates.

Comment by George

what a sick fuck.

Comment by andy@cynic

That’s definitely a typo.

Comment by John

They were doomed the moment you were offered the job. Hopes and prayers.

Comment by Bazza

Thank you for all your support and kind words. As usual.

Comment by Rob

You literally wrote a post complaining you didn’t get the feedback you expected and yet, when it’s offered by your former colleagues generously taking time out of their busy-ish days, you seem strangely dissatisfied.

Comment by John

Dodds FTW.

Comment by DH

Longest year in nz history

Comment by Billy Whizz

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