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Working for half-wit clients

 
#1 Working for half-wit clients
25/06/2010 09:16

Experienced consultant

Hi guys. You know how it can be sometimes - working on behalf of a reasonably smart project sponsor, but through necessity having to spend most of your interactions with half-wit client staff who assume the role of your day to day point of 'line management' contact.

As highly educated, highly skilled, highly qualified, and highly hard working individuals, why is it therefore that these half-witted numbskulls often end up being our 'bosses' on a day to day basis? Isn't there something wrong when a gruff-looking d1psh1t (often with a career background in Health and Safety or some such nonsense which somehow he managed to use to convince somebody that he is 'ideally' qualified to manage a large business change project) who left school at 18 and writes like a semi-literate 15 year old (and has the intelligence to match) starts giving you "feedback" about the content of your work?

Can any of you guys explain this phenomenon? How are we supposed to deal with it?

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#2 RE: Working for half-wit clients
25/06/2010 09:46

Forum Fan to Experienced consultant (#1)

If you are so clever and superior, why do you sit around wanting to lick their shoes? Shouldn't you apply for thier job - or do you lack the spine?

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#3 RE: Working for half-wit clients
25/06/2010 09:49

Anon to Forum Fan (#2)

Their job isn't up for grabs.

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#4 RE: Working for half-wit clients
25/06/2010 10:11

Forum Fan to Anon (#3)

If its so easy to do - why don't you go and find a similar one rather than coming on here crowing about how superior you are

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#5 RE: Working for half-wit clients
25/06/2010 11:04

Anon to Forum Fan (#4)

Dunno. Things just sometimes pan out that way. Work isn't a meritocracy.

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#6 RE: Working for half-wit clients
25/06/2010 12:48

rc to Experienced consultant (#1)

your sponsor also doubtless realises the calibre of his staff and part of your fee is justified inhis eyes by your expected ability to manage by influence and even for some of your magic to rub off on these primordial brutes by association. he may even be hoping for flowers to blossom where you have passed by....

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