Feb 23, 2008

Mother-fucking-eclipse


I'm not really sure what has happened this past month and since a person is always an expert in blaming something illogical and senseless, I'm going to pin this fuckathon on the moon and the lunar eclipse. Yeah, I know it was beautiful but it was also red and likewise, some putrid demons surfaced in my agency that had been dormant for quite some time.

Though the desire to lay out dirty laundry is obviously there, I'm committed to staying professional at least in regards to anonymity and not putting anyone in the spotlight. Ok so my CEO is more unpleasant than the inner lining of a rotten colon filled with cabbage, cottage cheese, ammonia and aged slightly for 3 weeks. That being said, he's also one of the least likable fellows existent in the world and though I've had shit with other people, it's funny the amount of times someone has called me up and asked why I wrote something in regards to X or Y person only to have to tell them that I didn't write about that person and that the target in question was nowhere near my mind while writing a three line insult and then they clam up because they've just admitted that they can't stand the very same person I wasn't writing about but that they identified with the descriptions, the attitude and the circumstances. So as to not have that happen this time around, the target is clearly set and I simply want to ask a few questions of anyone reading; three questions to be exact.

1.) if you've been in the situation of really not being satisfied with your work, what has been the sign that tells you it's time to move on?

I've seen the Steve Jobbs speech where he says he looks himself in the eye every morning and asks if he's happy with what he's doing and if a couple of days go by where the answer is no, then he knows he has a problem. I don't know if I'm working on a streak or something but suffice to say that I'm not peaches and cream with my work environ at the moment and I've been wondering what is the breaking point for some people. I'm not asking to see if I'm at that point, I'm clear on my situation but I was just wondering what it takes for some people to give the finger to the particular place they're at that has leeched off so much joy you'd think their job was some mythical monster designed to drain the masses of their energy.

2.) When is the exact point where a CEO or a higher up exec loses touch with reality and come out of their decent person pupa stage only to sprout into some heinous egomaniacal fecal butterfly hell-bent on eating Mothra alive?

I can understand a person in charge needing to put forth a facade or a mask of invulnerability because a weak boss can't keep people in track. But I just don't think you need to be as much of a dick and when random people on the street ask me how I can work for such a sleazebag or how the hell he has any type of association with anyone from this world, my only answer is I dunno. True persuasive communication and a cocksure attitude get a lot done especially in this world, but arrogance and a top down communication not only doesn't sit well with me, but merely makes you come off like some megalomaniac who happens to own or run an ad agency. But I'd love to see the exact point where personality tides shifted so as to warn people and who knows, maybe avoid myself if I happen to stick around in advertising long enough to see if I can climb a few echelons.

3.) If you could say anything to your CEO, your supervisor or the person you can't stand the most, what would you say? No penalties, no repercussions, just speak your mind. I could definitely go on a long rant with this one, but I want to see what anyone else has to say first. Take care.

Peace, love and maki rolls.

Joker

4 comments:

Ad Broad, oldest working writer in advertising said...

Joker! I think you might be working for Putz?

The problem is, even if you spoke your mind, unleashed a torrent of well-deserved rant, the problem is getting the "heinous egomaniacal fecal butterfly"(remind me to stay on your good side) to hear you. Seems this insect processes only sucking sounds.

joker said...

Ah dear Adbroad. I might very well be working for Putz, or a putz or maybe we could refer to people like them in a global sense: "The Putz", much like The Force in the Star Wars Franchise, or The Nothing in the Neverending Story.

As per the problem you pose, I don't expect CEO's or higher ups to hear or much less care. What I am aiming for is to see what people would say since these parasites seem to have left behind the human aspects of their existence. It's good for people to vent and be honest and think and analyze their anger and I just want the cathartic effect I enjoy from this blog to not only serve our purposes but for readers to vent as well. Obviously I invite people to leave the comments from their home computer and not their work stations.

BTW, I loved that putzes only process sucking sounds and I think you're quite right for various reasons, namely that they only pay attention to the more talented suck ass rather than the person who has a valid opinion.

As for your sordid tale of Putzness... I was able to get offended and I'm sorry skills are looked down upon when they don't go with what The Putz have in mind.

As for staying on my good side, it's pretty easy and I only have good things to say about pretty much anyone who's ever commented on the blog, even wayyyyyy back when some people got offended with a slur filled comment I used in a post. I wasn't trying to say a racist comment, I was commenting on the racist nature of the ad industry and some people mainly focused on the words used rather than the message conveyed, go figure.

As for you specifically, you are not only on my good side but are someone I think people should look up to and read more often. It takes balls to make it in advertising in the years you've worked in. You've had to work thrice as hard to get some type of respect and you continue to do so every day. Age and gender should never be an issue when skill is the item in question and from what I've read dear, you have the skills to oneup anyone any day. Be proud, keep walking tall and keep sharing.

Now... don't duck the question and tell me what you would say to your Putz in question?

;)

Cheers luv

Ad Broad, oldest working writer in advertising said...

Hmmm. What would I say if we were in a dungeon and Putz were nailed crucifix style to the stone wall and gagged with a horse's tail knotted with excrement? I guess I'd calmly enumerate his shortcomings: his impatience with anyone's mistakes but his own; his arrogance, his thoughtless trampling of anyone lower on the corporate food chain. How counterproductive his attitude is for the group, how demoralizing to staff and how this actually translates into bad business. Then I'd tell him to brace for the A I was going to brand onto his forehead.

Me said...

I have thought about it way too long, and I didnt have a chance to say it. So, for old times sake, here it goes.

I would have said to one: You are old. You keep stealing ideas because you cannot, for the life of you, come up with a decent one. I have never forgiven you for the obnoxious comments about my boobs in one of my shirts. For as long as it takes, I will work to not become you.

Then I would have said to another: My personal life is mine. You do not pay me to listen to your opinions about me. So, for the love of God, get a life.

Ah. That felt nice.

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