11 March 2014
Bogan's Rant - With Michael McShane - March 2014
Bogan bubbled over on the weekend. There was thongs, a Stubby in
my hand and a stubbies label on my shorts but I couldn't get back
to my happy place no matter what I tried. You think you know what
fired Bogan into a rant to be remembered? Did you guess it was
Finding Nemo? Because, interestingly, you'd be right.
If you've got kids you'll probably know that there is absolutely
no limit to the number of times a small person can watch the same
movie. It's one thing this Bogan is actually pretty grateful for.
Because when the kids decide it's time for some Disney fun, I can
watch the AFL without someone trying to crash tackle the remote
from my death grip.
But this weekend I was sitting down watching Nemo and had an
absolute epiphany. A child fish with a bung arm worked out that if
a whole group of fish worked together they could avoid getting
eaten, when all of the reportedly 'grown up' fish were swimming in
different directions trying to save their own hide. In the end,
self interest was getting them nowhere but closer to danger.
Well blow me down! What a theory! Too bad in this modern
corporate world of territorial natures and blatant self interest
that we haven't learned a lesson that was obvious to a gimp
Every day. No Joke. Every SINGLE day I hear of people in this
industry who are looking after their own backside for the purpose
of looking after their own backside.
What are they doing? They are the dobbers, the pointers and the
blame layers. The people who will happily point out failures, real
or perceived and parade them in very public ways. Does this make
them the doers and the go getters? No, absolutely not. This breed
is the champion of the 'That's not my job' and 'That's not your
job, it's mine'.
Fear and a lack of job security is encouraging us to put some
pretty darn important qualities back in the swag for the long haul
and I'd like to see them unpacked again.
Where is the trust, the loyalty and the teamwork that make
Australia an awesome place to live, work and call home? Why do we
work against each other when clearly we can acheive more if we're
swimming in the same direction?
Buggered if I know.
So what are we going to do about it? Clearly the pointing and
antagonism is their game and not ours. We can't solve a problem by
utilising it's tools of destruction. So here's what I'm
Today when you meet up with the lover of self, the defender of
imaginary turf, the least team of players; I want you to walk up to
them and give them a big hug and tell them that it's from Bogan
McShane. That he understands how hard the market is and what it's
like to feel insecure. Like an evangelist without any of the creepy
stuff, he wants to show them a better way. A team approach. A one
in, all in way for the industry as a whole to prosper. After all,
the number of people in the Mining Industry in Australia couldn't
fill a postage stamp on the envelope of humanity. We're a small
group that I see as a close knit community.
Let's not rip each other apart. Let's stand united and take the
challenges of this market head on.
I'm Bogan McShane, and I'm here if you need a hug.
Note: Hugs may be digital at the discretion of Bogan
incorporated. Photo identification and police clearance is required
to enter the hug zone.
Bogan's Pet Hate: Cars with an animal magnetism towards push
bike riders. I know you're jealous of my lycra buddy, but can we
wait to hug it out until a time when you're not in a metal