Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sarah Palin... is not smart

I must say that I am quite amazed that any nominee would be stupid enough to choose Sarah "20 months governer of Alaska" Palin as their VP candidate. I could go on and on about how stupid she really is... but I decided I would just copy and paste a section of her most recent TV interview.

Talking about the proposed financial bailout package in the US:

"ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy. Um, helping, oh -- it's got to be all about job creation too. Shoring up our economy, and putting it back on the right track. So healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions, and tax relief for Americans, and trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, um, scary thing, but 1 in 5 jobs being created in the trade sector today. We've got to look at that as more opportunity. All of those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that."


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Make sure it works

Alot of companies (esp pharma companies) like to give away pens, post-its, notepads and other branded items so that you recall their products and brand. This is all well and good, and I'm sure it is reasonably effective, however... if the item you are giving away doesn't work properly then this creates a rather shoddy image of the brand in question.

I bring this up because recently I was subject to such an incident. While staying at a well known Hotel in Galway (which by the way has nothing to do with the Radisson Galway that is pictured above) I decided to take a pen, as I knew I would be needing one later that day while interviewing pharmacists. Later that afternoon I took out my hotel pen, clicked on the top of it and... disaster. The front of the pen ejected off in an extremely comical fashion launching bit of plastic and a spring all over the shop floor of a local chemist... needless to say they weren't impressed... neither was I...

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Excess Baggage

A disturbing fact came to my attention while browsing through the business section of the Irish Times last week. It seems that the nice folk who put bags on planes for Aer Lingus get paid... wait for it... Seventy thousand euro...

I understand that having your bags reach the intended destination is fairly important, but I would imagine that the act of "baggage handling" is not so complex or taxing as to deserve such a ridiculously high salary.

and now that Aer Lingus have decided its time to cut costs in the interest of long term existence, the nice baggage handlers have decided to kick up an Almighty fuss, with talk of strikes etc.

The news of Alitalias financial woes shocked many, but like Aer Lingus it is that fact that mismanagement under state ownership has brought about ridiculous situations like baggage handlers on 70k.

in other news, I have began to practice moving heavy bags around my house, soon I will have a valuable qualification!

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

Through personal experience this week I have decided that business meetings should be strictly policed by a large man with a stick who holds up a clock and MAKES you stop in your tracks without rambling on.. and on... and on.

I witnessed the "And I just have one more point" approach the other day where a certain individual (who I actually really like in day to day interactions) managed to make "just one more point" an incredible six times. Whats more, the content of what they were saying really only had relevance to about 2 out of the other 9 people in attendance.

I consider it to be a totally wasted hour of my life... 2.6% of my workweek...

Keep it short and sweet, get in contact with the people you need to afterward... but don't waste my life

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Experience is... 2

Two posts down I put up a quote from a man named Randy Pausch, which said that "experience is what you get, when you didnt get what you wanted". When I put this quote up I meant to add a slight amendment to the wording, however I didnt...

I think that the thought he is trying to express is better expressed by saying that experience is what you get when you didnt get what you EXPECTED, because in reality it is not only negative circumstances that produce brilliant experiences...

Tales from the road

Well its been a along time since I last posted anything on this little blog of mine but I thought it was about time that I broke the silence with a tale from my new job.

The last week and a bit has been spent on the road around Ireland attending various meetings and more recently interviewing pharmacists about how they view the wholesaler service etc. For these interviews I tag along with a Sales rep who visits the doctors in the area, and I go and visit the pharmacies nearby.

One of the more interesting places I visited last week was a small town called Ballyduff, Kerry. We pulled in on Monday morning at 11am, having finished my pharmacy call I had to wait around for my colleague who was going to be taking a good bit longer. Scanning around the village I saw a nice friendly looking pub and decided I'd pop in for a nice cup of coffee. I walked up to the door, opened it and was slightly shocked... to say the least. It seems that Monday mornings are fair game for drinking down in Ballyduff, and it seemed that the drinking session of the century was in full swing. People were drinking, shouting and about to start fighting... it really was quite an impressive sight. Upon my opening of the door, the place fell silent, and literally everyone stopped what they were doing and looked over at me, in my suit and tie, looking distinctly out of place. In return I looked around the bar slowly in a state of semi horror, gave a little wave and left...

Just goes to show you, what might be normal where you live - not drinking at 11am - may be the norm elsewhere, also, don't go to Ballyduff in a suit.