30 October 2013

Bogan's Rant - With Michael McShane - October 2013

Bogan's Rant - With Michael McShane - October 2013

One of the things I love about Australia is that to the greater extent, we're all pretty well equal. The PM looks as ridiculous in his budgie smugglers as the rest of the nation and I have the right, nay, the privilege to tell him so. Yeah, yeah. Where's he going with this dribble? Well let me tell you.

What's put the itching powder under my flea colour this week is the flakers and deal breakers. The 'It's not important's and the 'I'm very important's. Well the collars off now. Let me introduce you to my unregistered dog act.

For those of you who have worked with me in the past you'll know I don't care too much whether you're in charge of the world or struggle to get joint responsibility for your lunch. If you're good to me, I'll be good to you. If I set up a meeting for you I expect you to attend. If I leave you a message I expect you to get back to me when you can.

That's a basic belief system. Beer should be cold, the BBQ hot. Simple stuff.

So you can imagine my disappointment when I set up an interview by video call late at night to work in with a client's timetable and the technician I'd organised didn't bother to turn up!  Not only did this take a huge chunk of productive time out of a clients timetable, but it also left a candidate out in the cold (metaphoric cold in this case) after they had spent a significant amount of time and energy organsing to be there.

Equality to the most part boils down to respect. When I choose to be somewhere I'm also choosing to not be somewhere else. That's what makes my time and anybody else's valuable. By choosing to be at this interview my candidate was choosing not to spend that time with his family. By choosing to be available for an interview, the CEO was choosing not to spend time approving new expenditure.

On hearing of their technician not showing up the company offered an apology to the CEO, but not the candidate. And that's when I saw red.

What makes one persons time more valuable than another? Why does a person deserve respect based on a handle attached to their name and the other who suffered more of an inconvenience deserve none.

Let me say once and for all that I will fight just as hard for the guy who makes $5 an hour and the guy (or girl) who makes $500k an hour. I will show you respect and expect the same in return.  And I will not support any person or any company that encourages the notion that any one person is less deserving of respect than another.

Before I put my collar back on let's look at Bogan's Pet Hate for the month. Christmas carols in October. Stop jumping the GUN!

Collar on, Bogan out.

Have a good one.