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Thursday, January 08, 2009

A cold wind from the East

Odd things are happening. Staff are making suggestions about things we can do and although most of them are being dead-batted the same as usual, members of Policy Team are scurrying round explaining to anyone who's not dead yet each reason why This Thing Cannot Be Done. There are further disturbances of the natural order of things...

"Did they ask you about changing those settings on the system?" asks Maybelle.

"Yes. I said I wasn't doing them and please could they think of a better idea," I reply.

"Oooh. And what did they say to that?"

"They took it quite well and promised to have another think."

"That'll be why it's so cold then," she says. "Hell's frozen over."


Gadjo Dilo said...

I am now frequently "promising to have another think" to my boss. I think he's beginning dispise me, but it's really not fault that my brain is entering its twilight years.

Kevin Musgrove said...

The other day I actually heard myself say: "I'm going to have to re-engineer the factoring assumptions on that." I apologised immediately.

xerxes said...

But Kevin, do they apologize for the drivel they utter? There's no point to occupying the moral high ground if your opponents, sorry colleagues, are too dim to realize it.

I still find, 18 years after Thatcher, that talking of added value shuts people up satisfactorily.

Pearl said...

Help a gal out. "Deadbatted"?


Ms Scarlet said...

The other day I forgot which thought I was supposed to be thinking...

Kevin Musgrove said...

Inky: Occupying an unknown moral high ground is one of the office's little pleasures.

Sorry Pearl, cricket allusion. If the batsman's playing very defensively and wants to kill the ball stone dead he applies a "dead bat" - angled earthwards with no power behind it.

Scarlet: in our organisation we call that leadership