Wednesday, May 30, 2007

I've seen it all?

As I walked down my road the other day, I looked into the distance and realised how impressive the view I have right outside my door is. At the end of my street, in the distance you can see the Killiney hill, its quarry and the castle atop it, and I realised how once you see something enough times you really do forget how good/great/impressive it really is.

The following day when I was on the DART going into town, and as Dublin bay came into view a group of tourists got all excited about it and started taking pictures etc, again it dawned on me that because I see this site almost daily I forgot how great the view really is. Over exposure leads to a situation where you take it for granted and forget the beauty of it all.

One of the career paths I would like to pursue is in consultancy, and I once heard the phrase that “consultants take your watch off you and tell you the time” at first this sounds kind of offensive, but I think in some aspects of the job this is somewhat true, and that a lot of the time you need an impartial party to come and remind you what is good/great about what you do/are and what isn’t.


Ben Kirwan said...

For art to be art, it must defamiliarize the familiar.

Something i've written about in an exam. it really makes sense. Realism isn't exploring the banality of the mind, but opening up ur mind to the beauty of what is real by distorting your normal perception. whaddya think?

Rowan Manahan said...

I believe you may have left an important detail out there Ed. Yes, a consultant is someone who borrows you watch and then tells you the time; but then they charge you for the privilege ...

My favourite illustration of this:
A shepherd was herding his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW screeches to a halt in a cloud of dust.

The driver, a young man in an Armani suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and a YSL tie, leans out the window and says to the shepherd: "If I tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, will you give me one?"

The shepherd looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing flock and calmly answers: "Sure why not?"

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his cellphone, surfs to a NASA page on the internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area with an ultra high resolution lens.

The young man then opens the digital photo in PhotoShop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg. Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm that the image has been processed and the data stored.

He then accesses a SQL database through an ODBC-connected Excel spreadsheet with hundreds of complex formulae. He uploads all of this data via an email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response. Finally, he prints out a full colour, 150-page report on his top-end, miniaturized, HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the shepherd and says: "You have exactly 1586 sheep."

"That's right," says the shepherd. "Well, I guess you can take one of my sheep."

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on, amused, as he awkwardly stuffs it into the boot of his car.

Then the shepherd says to the young man: "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my sheep?"

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says: "Okay, why not?"

"You're a management consultant on the partner track." says the shepherd. "Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie. "How did you guess that?"

"No guessing required," answered the shepherd. "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked; and you don't know shit about my business ... Now give me back my dog."

ed said...

Bravo to both of those fantastic replies, Ben that is one nice quote, i may just have to steal it and put it on my other blog.
HAHA I like that example Rowan, a bit harsh perhaps...haha