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Life’s Better When It Doesn’t Make Total Sense …
February 29, 2012, 6:09 am
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So today is the 29th Feb.

Leap year.

My friend Michael was born on Feb 29th about 36 odd years ago [I think] so by purist terms, he’s actually only about 9 … which, coincidentally, matches his mental age perfectly.

But here’s the thing, sometimes being ‘correct’ doesn’t mean you’re ‘right’.

What I mean is that I come across some planners who seem so obsessed with being seen as ‘correct’ that they miss the beauty and energy of the situation.

The perceived truth rather than the intellectual truth.

The grey area rather than the black or white area.

The emotional perspective rather than the rational.

Making sense and being right are not always the same thing and yet I know planners whose soul objective is to be pedantically right.

Of course, part of that is because our discipline has become a battlefield of intelligence wankdom – and while I would never devalue the importance of being clever – approaching work with the attitude that you are judge, jury and executioner ultimately leads to nowhere, especially when you end up so blinkered you can’t see how to make the bigger opportunity move forward.

Be authentic. Be true. But to paraphrase Lucille Ball, it’s important to remember that being correct and being right aren’t always the same thing.


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the title of this post explains this fucking blog.

Comment by andy@cynic

Most sense he’s ever made.

Comment by DH

for once i fucking agree with you but isnt this anti planner bollocks and arent you frightened youll be thrown out of the little planning club?

Comment by andy@cynic

As Maggie Thatcher said, it would be like being savaged by a dead sheep so no, I’m not afraid. Ahem.

Comment by Rob

Actually that was Dennis Healey but you an’t be orrect and right all the time.

Comment by John

even i thought it was maggie. fuck me doddsy, youre either a fuckload older than i thought or like random shit even more than campbell and hes literally fucking full of it.

Comment by andy@cynic

Actually it was Geoffrey Howe … and it was about Maggie which means you are more wrong than me John. Ha.

Comment by Rob

Actually, Im right – I knew it wasn’t Maggie but had to google to find out who.

Comment by John

and that is the sort of fucking shit that exemplifies campbells ability to cause fights that dont have to fucking happen. but sucked in doddsy. sucked the fuck in.

Comment by andy@cynic

no campbell. youre sucked in. it was fucking healey. theres this thing called google. you should know it, they paid for most of your property fucking empire.

good work doddsy. how fucking foolish of me to doubt your bastardness.

Comment by andy@cynic

Let’s call it a draw. Haha.

Comment by Rob

you can take the sad petty bastard out of italy but you cant take italy out of the sad petty bastard.

Comment by andy@cynic

Nottingham planner 0

Comment by John

To John Dodds:

http://tinyurl.com/6luedpl

Kind regards,

Robert the Thicko.

Comment by Rob

fucking pathetic.

Comment by andy@cynic

its good to be the first fucking commenter again. makes the world right.

Comment by andy@cynic

then you throw in that “being correct is not the same as being right” and you turn into the sort of marketing manager cock that says “we need to have the 2+2=5 effect” and i just want to fucking hurt someone.

fair play though campbell, when those twats at the diageo pitch said that to us you did pipe up and say “2+2 should never make 5 or youre dealing with fuckwits”.

your little moment of bad tempered bastard might have lost us the business but i was proud of you. possibly the last time i was proud of you. 2004.

Comment by andy@cynic

Is that the one where we had worked like slaves for 3 weeks only for Rob to make it worthless with another slip of his barbed tongue?

Comment by DH

no. thats another fucking one.

Comment by andy@cynic

Oh yeah, beat me up for stopping a [potential] client make stupid claims and suggestions but don’t mention the 10,000 things Andy did that pissed people off.

Except it tended to piss his colleagues off rather than his clients. How the hell did that happen???

Comment by Rob

I’m sure it was his genius.

Comment by John

you fucking know it doddsy.

and campbell, maybe its because i added energy and optimism to the fucking meetings rather than pick fucking fault like some junior fucking doddsy but without his brains and charisma and wandering fucking eye.

remember your “but if you do a 360, wont you end up exactly where you started?”

you might be right in what you said but as you point out in this fucking post, it was fucking wrong at the same bastard time..

Comment by andy@cynic

I’m guessing this is where the prosecution rest their case.

Comment by Rob

being born on feb 29 is the best excuse to act like an immature twat. shame you were born in june campbell.

Comment by andy@cynic

happy birthday mikeyboy. you can buy me a drink to celebrate whenever the fuck you want.

Comment by andy@cynic

billy. good fucking news. feb 29 is when chicks can ask blokes to marry them. all you have to do is hang around meth alley and you might get yourself a bride.

Comment by andy@cynic

but i wouldnt hold your breath.

Comment by andy@cynic

He’s holding out for Jemma.

Comment by DH

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Comment by andy@cynic

The problem with some planners is that they think they’re here to right the wrongs of societies thinking instead of representing what society is thinking.

Comment by Bazza

well fuck me, hit the fucking nail on whats wrong with every pseudo fucking planning scientist intellectual wannabe in one fucking sentence.

for that you can give me one of those ipad 3 things youre going to launch next week. yes baz, im so fucking impressed with you comment im going to let you use me as an apple ambassador and all it will cost you is free shit. bargain of the fucking century.

Comment by andy@cynic

He won’t even send you an invite. Bet Rob somehow gets one though. Life is so unfair.

Comment by DH

thats the fucking truth. its the planner fucking code. its like the mafia but no one gives a fuck and theyd sell each other out in the blink of a fucking eye for a bit of fucking fame. planner fame. like coming 8th on american idol. season 2. twats.

Comment by andy@cynic

Oh I like that Baz. And no, I’m not just saying it to get a free iPad 3, even though you could be safe in the knowledge you’d be upsetting Andy more than pleasing me … which has to be worth doing, hasn’t it?

Comment by Rob

Happy 9th birthday Mike.

Comment by Bazza

So you’re saying if only I had been prone to pedantry, the doors to the plannersphere might have swung open for me? I’m devastated.

Comment by John

Yeah, I can see your tears from here.

Comment by Rob

PS A year is 365 days, so your mate is 36 but has had only 9 birthdays. There can be no argument about that.

Comment by John

Back to your best Mr Dodds.

Comment by Rob

See, I can fake pedantry. That must be worth something.

Comment by John

You have a job as a Fox News anchor, anytime you want it.

Comment by Rob

But some planners can’t even be bothered with being correct

I remember George Bryant once said ‘find the truth then invent’ you can’t invent without establishing the truth first

Comment by northern

our bryant or the other fucker? im guessing the other fucker.

Comment by andy@cynic




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