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

It’s Nice To Be Hated …

A few weeks ago, I woke up to the photo above appearing on my phone.

The 2 people are both ex-planners of mine from Wieden and I admit it was nice to see them.

Then I realised they were never at Wieden at the same time – and even though they’re now both bigwigs at Apple – I suspect there reasons for getting together [and making sure I knew about it] was more to talk shit about me than to discuss the launch for the next iPhone.

Eitherway, I’m as proud as fuck about them and for them … and not just because I’m hoping for freebies.

As I’ve said many times before, I believe the role of a boss is to help develop your people so when they leave, they get a better job than they could ever of hoped for.

Of course, they have to do all the hard work.

They have to want to see where their potential could take them.

But by pushing them, developing them, giving them opportunities to grow and just overall helping them believe in their talent and where it could take them beyond where they currently are, you have a chance to play a small role in creating their future.

And that’s why, seeing David and Rodi lead Apple strategically across the entire Asia region [and for some perspective, just the iPhone business in China is bigger than the entire NIKE company worldwide] makes me so happy.

Not for what I did for them.

But what they did for themselves.

Now please give me the new iPhone or I’ll ask Baz to fire you.


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So much gossip to share and learn.

Comment by Bazza

Which you also have to share.

Comment by DH

Great. Just what I need.

Comment by Rob

Hi Bazza, I’ve heard a lot about you from Rob. I’m in Cupertino right now actually. Would love to meet and talk shit about Rob if you’re free.

Comment by DLIN

How long are you there? I’m in London right now.

Comment by Bazza

I thought you’d left to keep George and Pete company? Or is the output of tech now so similar you don’t work for a company just the industry?

Comment by DH

Ah no worries. I leave on Friday.

Comment by DLIN

I think denying you everything is their fast track to career growth.

Comment by Bazza

you fucking fool. theyre his spies. ordered to report on all the new tech shit youre working on so he can then pester you to get them for free. but you get the last laugh because everything is a fucking iphone derivative so even if he gets it no one will notice it.

Comment by andy@cynic


Comment by DH

That’s supposed to mean burn. Not hot.

Comment by DH

Well we know who won’t be getting any freebies at all.

Comment by Rob

more people who do better than you when they leave you.

Comment by andy@cynic

pretty easy for companies to hire your exes. if they worked for you and then left, proves theyre smart and know how to deal with fuckloads of pain and shit.

Comment by andy@cynic

They are bigger survivors than those idiots on the tv show.

Comment by DH

They’re bigger somethings.

Comment by John

The pride you have at their success is wonderful to see.

Comment by Lee Hill

Yes. Nothing to do with me, but it means I can drop their names into conversation and pretend I know them … even if they are going to spend the rest of their days trying to forget they know me.

Comment by Rob

Great. As if my job wasn’t difficult enough. Congratulations to Rodi and David.

Comment by George

Wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you. As a token of my appreciation I will allow you to use my discount once every three years. You’re welcome.

Comment by DLIN

I like your style DLIN.

Comment by DH

haha thanks. Learned that from Rob as well 😉

Comment by DLIN

Given you and Bazza may not meet this week, perhaps you could utilise technology and have the conversation here.

Comment by John

This blog is how people who don’t want to talk to each other, talk to each other.

Comment by Rob

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