Friday, 20 May 2016

Open letter

Dear all

Yes, I have been absent somewhat of late.
It's not you, it's me.

When I mentioned that my word for 2016 was 'focus', I wasn't half joking.
Finding work projects and a means of income generation is no mean feat, I hardly need to justify that.

Being told by (prospective) clients that they "absolutely want to work with you, can really see the value," but are not quite able to commit at present due to (in no particular order):
  1. Brexit
  2. low Q1 revenue
  3. business reorganisation
  4. going AWOL
  5. "needing to do some more work beforehand"
  6. total cluelessness in general
  7. incompetent corporate fuckwittery (my own term, it's copyrighted)
  8. fobbing off with ridiculous excuses
  9. all of the above
  10. none of the above, because they haven't got the common decency to even reply to an email let alone return a phone call
is down heartening at best, borderline suicidal at worst.

But, never mind.


Something's gotta give eventually, even though it may be my own sanity (because the bank balance is already fucked so there's nothing more to lose in that regard).

Bear with me, I'll be back at some point.



Wednesday, 11 May 2016


An interesting read today.

Since I posted my own views on the subject of Ms Sandberg's 'Lean In' stance in working life (I shan't link, you can do your own search), I have heard from a wide spectrum of women - career or otherwise - who either loved it or were nonplussed.

The post I read today was interesting not so much because of its content (although I will admit I was delighted that finally someone else was bold enough to write that they thought the tome was a pile of cr@p), but because of the comments.

The author published the same post in two separate sites: on her personal blog and on LinkedIn.

Comments on the former were nearly all supportive of her article, from both men and women. I counted one (slightly) negative reply.

Comments on the latter were divided but broadly contentious about the mere fact that one wealthy and successful woman (Trunk) was querying the 'right' of another (Sandberg) to dictate how females should operate in the workforce - yes, that is a gross generalisation, give me some respite - and then seek forgiveness because, as a recent widow, she now states that she "will never experience and understand all of the challenges most single moms face, but [she understands] a lot more than [she] did a year ago."

So I have a question.

What if she were actually living on - or below - the breadline? What would the challenges look like then?

Because, in truth, that is what it really, really, really comes down to.

But when you have squillions to hand, and the ability to hire two nannies, and a housekeeper, and never have to worry about keeping on top of the damn laundry pile, well then...

THEN you actually have no feckin' clue of what the challenges are all about. Partner or no partner.

So my point is this: Ms Trunk might have a bee in her bonnet, much as I did when reading - and loathing - all that rubbish about needing to 'lean in'.

But what she states now - and this even more so because she too is a highly successful and wealthy self-made business woman who was a single mother for many years - resonates further.

Sandberg attempting to claim the moral high ground by saying she 'understands' now that her personal circumstances have changed (and I am truly sorry for her tragic loss) somehow just rings hollow.

Maybe if she gave away some of her vast fortune to those who need it I might change my tune.

Off the soapbox now. I need to find more work projects.

Does Sandberg need a strategic business development advisor, d'ya think?


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