Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner

Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner
Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Day 258 - The MicroManager and The Man Behind the Curtain

We've all know the story about the Wizard of Oz and how he hid behind this huge curtain and used microphones and imagery to make himself seem bigger than what he was.  A tiny man.  A very old tiny man. I worked with a tiny man like this one time.  He owned a company with his wife and had moved from a city two hours away after declaring bankruptcy with his old company in that city.  He reopened with a different name and retained the same clients.  I worked for him as an independent contractor.

One day he wanted me to stay late and was putting pressure on me to make a change that the client had noticed on the FIFTH revision as it was supposed to be printed, folded, bound and delivered in the morning to the city two hours away.  A four day normal schedule but in his magical world of Oz he was going to make it happen within 8 hours.  I stayed, made the change which encompassed moving the center of the title of a page of a bus schedule 3/16 of an inch.  Which means it was off center 3/32 of an inch.  I made the other seven changes but in my haste had forgotten to make the last change exactly the correct measurement.  The bus schedule was printed, folded, bound and delivered on time.

When I got home an hour later, I got a frantic call from the tiny man that the change had not been made.  Mike another employee who lived five minutes away had to come in and make the change.  I heard him screaming at me over the phone and held the receiver far from my ear.  He continued to berate me and after ten minutes of him screaming, I apologized for missing the error and asked him two questions...1) Do you really think that a passenger who rides a bus will not ride the bus or miss a scheduled bus because a sentence is 3/32 off center?  and 2) Who will he get to replace me because his verbal abuse over the phone and in the office had to stop with this insensitive, abusive phone call? I quit.  I only returned to pick up my last check and even that he tried to hold illegally from me.

I took out a ruler and looked at it and held it up to my eyes at reading level in order for me to substantiate my sanity.  He knew he could talk to most people that way.  What he didn't know were the following:  1) If he ran one company into the ground, he probably would do the same with this as his ways were the same, disrespect the little people... 2) He couldn't talk to ME that way. I was not afraid of him and I didn't need his money.  I'd figure out a different way to live before taking that kind of abuse...3) He had let me use his computer shortly after he was on it and forgot to close a window to the internet that showed a SadoMaschism Sex Site...that's right S&M.  4) It was illegal what he did to ask us to attend the showing of the Passion of Christ for Christmas as an exchange for a Holiday Party.  Yet he did so under the guise of a Christian while looking at S&M porn at work with his wife in the front office.

Do the right thing...realize that the smoke people blow in order to make you seem very very afraid, are just that a smoke screen...what else are they really hiding?  Walk away as it wasn't you that got them in their dilemma to begin with and its certainly not going to be at your expense when they try to claw their way out.  Let go and never look back, lest you turn into a pillar of salt....follow the yellow brick road out of Oz with a heart, a brain, courage, and go home with your head held high!

Once upon a time I was riding on the top of a First Avenue bus, when I heard a mythical housewife say to another, "Molly, my dear, I would have bought that new brand of toilet soap if only they hadn't set the body copy in ten point Garamond." Don't you believe it. What really decides consumers to buy or not to buy is the content of your advertising, not its form. ~ David Ogilvy

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