Sutton council uses photo of Southwark to flog itself to developers at Cannes property jamboree #MIPIM2017. Seems rather strange, does it not?
The other thing is the billing of the two women. The one who runs the day to day workings, the CEO, might be good, he might be poor:
… but he should be in top left position, as CEO.
However, the two birds with the Grandiose Titles – Head of This, Director of Strategic That – have prime billing. Seems a bit iffy in many ways, Sutton Council:
This, alas, is the situation right across the workforce. In the railways near here, those who’ve actually worked on the railways for 30 years in a hands-on way have less grandiose titles but are the cogs who make it work.
In swan these birds and the whole aim is the Grandiose Title for the CV. They’re only ever at head office with the coffee machines, pontificating on things they know nothing about. There was one in this particular rail firm who had to be told not to interfere any more after she had a tantrum after she’d made yet another customer-focussed error.
Was she fired? Was she hell – she was moved sideways but still retained her title, then, over a year, she wormed herself back in where she’d been before.
And what of those who actually knew their stuff? Their expertise was ‘accessed’ with no attribution, it went something like this when I used to interview the type:
‘So, what achievements would you say you’ve made?’
‘I was appointed Regional Strategic Planning Officer.’ [or whatever]
‘No, what have you achieved, personally?’
‘We worked as a team and we increased our …’
‘No no, you misunderstand me – what increases or achievements of some form can be attributed to you personally?’
‘Well, we’re a team and in the first quarter, the company …’
The ‘team’ of course was her as ‘coordinator’ and a couple of line managers who actually achieved the results. They were ‘her boys’. She got the bonuses due to her massive achievements, ‘5’s all the way.
Do you detect a slightly jaundiced view on these pieces of uselessness?