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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
What if suits had a soul? What if, like us, they took pleasure in things like music, a beautiful sunset, or the sound of children laughing? What if they could love? Or feel pity?
I’ve been thinking about suits a lot lately. I’ve always believed we should show compassion for our fellow humans. So why not suits as well?
After all, no matter what some people say, they have it tough.
For example, just this lunchtime a nice account man named Matt was sent out in the pouring rain to deliver a laptop and broadband stick to some senior suits and clients. What was so important? Well, they were on a lunch jolly and they fancied looking at their website.
And that’s the way the bitter little suit cookie crumbles.
So in honour of Matt and the thousands of poor saps like him, I’m making this ‘Be Nice To Suits Week’.
You can mark it in whatever way you want. Here are a few suggestions to get you thinking how you might show suits some love:
• Give them the work before the deadline.
• Let them finish their sentence before you laugh disparagingly.
• Read the brief before you begin criticising it.
• Try not lying to them.
• Look in wonder at the things they do in Excel and admire them.
• Look in horror at the things they do in Powerpoint and feel sorry for them.
• When you talk to them, keep saying their name at the end of every sentence – they think that's how genuine people show they care. Mirror their body language too.
• Smile at one of them.
• Make them a cup of tea. Actually, scratch that. It’s going too far.
Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, try being nice to a suit today. They’re people too, remember?
By the way, if you’re a suit and were made to carry out some menial and humiliating task, please share your pain. Stick it in the comments section so we can all have a good laugh.
Hello dear reader.
I wrote the above guff over a year ago.
I thought it was just another unfunny post singling out and ridiculing colleagues.
But then a couple of months ago, Blogger provided a stats function and I discovered it’s my most popular post. By a country mile. It gets ten times more views than any other (that’s over TWENTY views!)
So I was wondering if you could solve this riddle for me and tell me how you got here?
There’s no obvious term that’s coming up in searches and sucking people in.
And no it’s not because I put it in Most popular posts in my gadgets on the right. I only just did that.
If you could let me know in the comments section, I'd be much obliged.
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