The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]


A Special Guest …
July 23, 2012, 6:10 am
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So for the next couple of weeks, we have the pleasure of the very tall Heather LeFevre staying with us.

I say ‘staying with us’ but we’re actually putting her up in a little hotel because she’s allergic to cats and as nice as she is – in a choice between my cat or 99.9% of all humans, the cat will always win.

Sorry Heather.

Anyway, while I’m sure she needs no introduction but just in case you’ve been living under a rock for years, she is the founder of the Global Planner survey and is currently undertaking a project to see how planning is done around the World.

I know … I know … you’re asking why the hell has she has come to see me, well I can only assume it’s for comic relief.

Anyway, over the next 2 weeks we’ll be giving her some exposure to working life in China – and I just hope at the end of it, she doesn’t hate me for inviting her over.

In all seriousness, I think her project is fascinating.

While I know planning is different by territory, it’s only when someone goes from place to place in a relatively short time that you can see what those differences really are once and for all.

However that’s not the real reason I invited Heather over.

You see while 2 weeks isn’t enough to give anyone a real impression of what life in Asia/China is really like, I’m hoping the experience captivates, intrigues, excites and pushes her, so that anyone who reads the book she’s going to write about this whole adventure will see this part of the World is not the creatively desolate place that NYC and London like to present … but a region filled with the sorts of possibilities and challenges that can positively change your life, not to mention your career, forever.

I guess we’ll find out in 2 weeks.


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Pass on my best wishes for the book! I hope she enjoys her stay too … X

Comment by quizzicalliasons

People aren’t put off living and working in China because of what the twats in London and NYC say. People are put off because you live there Rob.
Condolences to Heather.

Comment by DH

bit over the fucking top but entirely accurate.

Comment by andy@cynic

I really like the sound of Heather’s project but with only 2 weeks in each location, what is she specifically hoping to find out or experience? Regardless, I’m interested to hear her thoughts and I’m sure the next fortnight will be particularly memorable.

Comment by Pete

i fucking assume you mean memorable in the way people dont forget the pain and fucking suffering of war.

Comment by andy@cynic

And welcome back Robert or will you be announcing you’re going away for the week again in a few days?

Comment by Pete

We can hope. Not as much as Heather will be though.

Comment by DH

And his planning team.

Comment by DH

And everyone in his office.

Comment by DH

And China.

Comment by DH

And the entire W+K staff.

Comment by DH

And Rob’s clients.

Comment by DH

And Jill.

Comment by DH

so mr fucking freeloader returns. as if life wasnt shit enough already.

Comment by andy@cynic

surely he cant pull off a 3rd freebie week in a row. that would be a record even for mr blagging bastard.

Comment by andy@cynic

In the interests of ensuring your continued employment Robert, I’d make sure any NDA you have Heather sign, covers everything said or done throughout the 2 week period in your company, not just W+K client dealings.
Excellent concept, I hope she doesn’t find it is fundamentally the same shit, just a different timezone.

Comment by George

Rob…
Bad move, after travelling around the world checking out various planners, she will realize it’s all a giant con job perpetrated by wankers, who don’t have the fucking talent to actually earn a real living. Nothing personal, Rob. And she isn’t fucking tall. On my screen she looks about two inches.
Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells.
Cheers/George

Comment by George Parker

best analysis of planning ive ever fucking read.

Comment by andy@cynic

basically george p is saying planning are like insurance salesmen, just less fucking useful. works for me.

Comment by andy@cynic

But not as useless as the head of account management.

Comment by DH

or mds of fucking banks. just.

Comment by andy@cynic

Forget How, the big question is Why?

Comment by John

stop sounding like campbell on his insight high fucking horse. unless youre asking why the fuck would anyone want to see campbell for 2 weeks which is a medical fucking mystery and something too fucking dangerous and boring to even bother trying to fucking find out.

Comment by andy@cynic

Not why is it done differently, just why is it done at all?

Comment by John

working in other countries?
planning?
seeing campbell?
all of the above?

Comment by andy@cynic

Wow… Is “George” my fucking clone?
Cheers… The real “AdScam” George

Comment by George Parker

dont worry george p, the other george fucker is very different. hes fucking nice for a start. and i dont say nice in a fucking complimentary way.

Comment by andy@cynic

Thank God for that. The last thing I want is my reputation as a right old bastard being messed about with.

Comment by George Parker

Given your previous comment I think you’ll be safe George!

Comment by Rob Mortimer (Not a fake Andy)

Don’t worry George, you remain unique amongst those named George.

Comment by George

you can both breathe a sigh of fucking relief now.

Comment by andy@cynic

Thirty comments already? I haven’t read any yet but I’m betting most of them have something to do with Heather being a glutton for punishment by being in my company for the next 2 weeks. Let’s see shall we …

Comment by Rob

Yep. I must be clairvoyant.

Comment by Rob

surprised you didnt say that proved you were a good fucking planner. but then you know the shitstorm that would attract dont you. which means you are a good fucking planner. how fucked up is that?

Comment by andy@cynic

How come you get tall, blonde chicks coming to visit you and I when I’m so much hotter and more fucking charming?

Comment by Billy Whizz

I think your personality is what’s stopping it happening for you Billy.

Comment by Rob

I think we should have a pageant to determine if you are in fact hotter and more charming than me.

Comment by Heather LeFevre

Excellent, but is she coming because of JIll?

Comment by northern

only if its to hold the fucker down so jill can lamp the bastard. but then id offer to fucking do that myself.

Comment by andy@cynic

I’m sure I had a legitimate comment but laughed at the preceding comments enough that I’ve forgotten it. Ah well.

Comment by Rob Mortimer (Not a fake Andy)

legitimate comment? youre on the wrong fucking blog then.

Comment by andy@cynic

What odds will someone give me that she’s on the phone booking her flight out of there (to anywhere) right now?

Comment by Billy Whizz

Not very good because she probably booked her escape 12 hours ago when she first sat down with Rob.

Comment by DH

nice. very fucking nice.

Comment by andy@cynic

Bet Iraq is looking good for her right now.

Comment by Billy Whizz

She’s on the first flight to Syria as we speak…

Comment by Rob Mortimer (Not a fake Andy)

shes just landed and finds the place more fucking peaceful and less fucking annoying. thats the campbell effect.

Comment by andy@cynic

Thanks all for your concern. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?

Comment by Heather LeFevre

[…] I said in my post when Heather arrived, my main reason for doing this was the hope the experience captivates, intrigues, excites and […]

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