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July 01, 2008

New Month, Open Commentary

Well, just because I am more or less back, open comment in the hoary old tradition.

But let me share an anecdote:

Monday I got a call afternoon GMT telling me that I am being sent an intern to work on various issues as of next week, then said intern emails me asking for information.

Well, I thought, fine, okay, bit of a surprise as I did not ask for an expat intern (well rather I had convos with HQ and expressed a strong view that I only wanted at least bilingual staff, preferably trilingual, with at least some financial or business training, or at least basic economics).

So, fine, apparently a big deal, but then suddenly my little fiefdom that was bullshit even a year ago, is rising on the radar, given US markets are .... well not doing well. And emerging markets / frontier markets are the "new black" (a fucking stupid phrase, but I need suggestions for better - well a la mode) in equity. (I would say not irrationally per se, but the volumes ....).

Okay, I ring up my new intern, and ask her for her background.
Any finance? Nope. (Okay, no problems)
Any languages? Well very basic French. (tested, basic in the AngloSaxon sense of basic).
Level of Uni? First year.

I fairly politely ended this convo and then pissed off for a meeting.

Then I started a real rant of an email about why the bloody fuck HQ was sending me a useless fucking airhead of an expat intern on MY BUDGET for doing bloody fucking knows what. Especially as I had given feedback months back indicating I need at least bilinguals with at worst a regional knowledge if not a professional background.

After writing a rather harsh rant in my patented style (not quite Blog style but what is expected from me), I had a moment, and asked myself, "wait, I know HQ are fucking navel gazers. I know they could not give a bloody fuck about my needs.... but it's quite peculiar that an intern writes me directly. Quite cheeky really.

So, late at night I ring one of my amigas in HQ that I can trust not to squeel and ask, "So this intern [Common Anglo Girl First Name] emailed me about an internship, blah blah blah.... what's up"

The response. "NAME?..... you know she's the daughter of the Chairman of the Board?"
Me: "Ah.... let's talk later I gotta rewrite something."

I confess although I am ashamed of myself, I wrote a rather different email about how of course I am very happy to have this intern and suggesting some utterly silly projects that are so fucking important......

I am, I have to confess, a whore.

But a relatively happy one.

Posted by The Lounsbury at July 1, 2008 09:10 PM
Filed Under: Blog Notes - Admin

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Good old fashioned wasta...it's how things get done in the West just as in the Middle East.

Posted by: Djuha at July 1, 2008 10:20 PM

Ass kissing is one of the most underrated efficient methods of obtaining raises, contracts and promotions.

Posted by: Shaheen [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 1, 2008 11:01 PM

Ah, this promises some excellent posts ahead. And might be good training for your expanding JV too.

Unrelated: an interesting Arab opinion poll referred in Haaretz. Drenched in commentary by their resident politruk Shmuel Rosner, but still interesting numbers.

Posted by: alle at July 2, 2008 08:11 AM

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