Last night was not great, so I spent most of the night applying for jobs, as you do when you are a slashie.
Woke up this morning to one of the previous banks attempting to lure me into discussing their problems. Refused. I don’t have time to support people repeating second rate information in an effort to maintain a hierarchy that does not exist as long as I do not agree to it. If the banks employed more people like me and less people like some of the outstandingly dull and selfish people I have met over the last couple of years, the 2008 crash would not have happened.
I did point this out at the time. Men who are aware that they are employed purely for their ability to wear suits and smirk tend to do business with other talentless smirkers. Nobody asks any questions, because nobody wants to have any actual knowledge in case it poisons them in some way.
I often think I would have been better off in the 1950s, when companies were actually looking to improve and still had some form of ethics. Now they seem obsessed with supporting the needs of people who regard themselves and their mortgages way above any requirements of customers, so I am no use to them whatsoever.
This is not the first time a company I have clashed with has got back in touch a couple of weeks later to say, yes, actually you are right. I suppose I should be happy about that. Reality is I’m not that interested in being right. I’m interested in people getting it right, and that does not pay well.
Also what seems to have been lost in the quest for economic growth is the idea that you are only as good as your last deal. Companies often feel very complacent when they see their figures, and they do not understand that tarnishing is a gradual process. When you call them out on it, they are often very surprised and see you as a ‘lone sniper.’
One very glossy financial services company that Little Shiva and I are familiar with are a case in point. I talked to them at various levels. Whilst I rather liked the studiousness with which they attempted to ignore me, during this time at the very top end of the business no fewer than 28 senior members of staff were terminated within a few weeks of our episode. Little Shiva is welcome to look up the articles relating to it.
Anyway, this doesn’t help me much. I am tired. I’m tired of being lonely, I’m tired of nobody understanding anything, and I am really tired of stupid nasty people.
If there is a company out there that would support a manager that empowers their staff, seeks to improve business processes and actually engages people, I would like to work for you please. The research project that my working life has become is no longer on a sufficient learning trajectory to make it worthwhile. The answer seems to be that we need fewer wankers and more workers.