Tuesday

Let's run it up the flagpole and see if it flys...

I've got a new job. Well almost. I officially start 2 weeks today but I've been doing most of the new role unofficially for the last year, just without the pay or the authority (power hungry, moi?). Good news: I get to drag the University into the 21st century social media age by its bootstraps and (hopefully) do some cool stuff with blogs/podcasts/various new media along the way. Bad news: more meetings.

I thought that no-one liked meetings, they were just a necessary evil. So if no-one likes them, why do we have so many? In one of these meetings today I heard myself uttering a well-worn management cliché (I won't say this one). Needless to say I was disgusted with myself, apologised and hope never to repeat the phrase in polite company. It did remind me of a game my Dad taught me (I don't know where I get my mischievous streak from) – Bullshit Bingo:
  • Take a piece of paper
  • Draw a grid on it (5x5) - ready made version here
  • Photocopy it enough times to give a copy to each of your colleagues
  • Fill in the each of the squares with a management-speak phrase (the Company Bitch will get you started)
  • Distribute
  • Each time someone uses a phrase that appears from your card, cross off that box
    When you have crossed off the last box on your 'card', leap up and shout 'Bullshit!' in the manner of a bingo winner
  • Pack up your desk

11 Comments:

Anonymous Serge said...

Congrats on the new job and the, of course, huge salary raise. BS Bingo? Love it! Already looking forward to my next meeting :-)

5:23 pm  
Blogger deetour said...

Congrats my friend!

1:24 am  
Blogger sarjarunkkaaja said...

Double cheers for the job!

I hope your job provides you with a new economy and leadership that allows you to make the revenue in order to provide yourself with a Ford Hardball with oakwood dashboard.

The car is designed only for the best of breed with a pipeline focussed on full exposure of your masculinity that will have nothing but a viral impact on the female species. This is not a car for no-brainers. Only if you pass the A-B testing and you know what CRM means then only you will be impactfull enough as a man in order to drive this car.

when you have you can engage yourself into a non sustainable integration into the female species. Call to action and make them pop there eyeballs. You are on top of the game with your unlimited bandwith. Monetize the girls with your virtual feelings for them and afterwards just tell them that you'll send an email ;-)

But I think I'm talking too much bullshit...

8:43 am  
Blogger Mad Woman said...

have to say that I agree with everything srjarunkkaaja said!
They obviously have never met your father and should have pity on me for having to live my life with the two of you - but wouldn't change a thing. I would so love to see Smith Snr leaping up in a meeting and shouting "bullshit" and have no doubt that it has happened!

4:01 pm  
Blogger backcare said...

Thank you for your blogger about world cup.As a big fans of football,I’d like exchange information with you.
Motto of different country FIFA2006 world cup team
1.We are football Germany
2.orange on the road to gold Netherlands
3.Liberte,Egalite,Jules Rimet France
4.Never-ending legend,united Korea
5.2006,It's Swiss o'clock
6.A passion to win and a thirst to succeed country
7.angola lead the way,our team is our people
8.get up,argentina are on the move
9.australia's socceroos-bound for glory
10.vehicle monitored by 180 million brazilian hearts
11.our army is the team,our weapon is the ball,let's get to germany and give it our all Costarica
12.ecuador my life,football my passion,the cup my goal
13.come on the elephants!win the cup in style country
14.one nation,one trophy,eleven lions ENGLAND
15.go black stars,the stars of our world Ghana
16.stars of Persia
17.blue pride,italy in our hearts
18.light up your samurai spirit Japan
19.to the finals with fire in our hearts Croatia
20.aztec passion across the world
21.from the heart of america...this is the guarani spirit
22.white and red,dangerous and brave Poland
23.with a flag in the window and a nation on the pitch,forca Portugal
24.the green hawks cannot be stopped Saudi Arabia
25.fight!show spirit!come on!you have the support of everyone Sweden
26.for the love of the game country
27.spain,one country,one goal
28 with our support,ukraine cannot fail to win
29.here come the soca warriors-the fighting spirit of the Caribbean
30.belief and a lion's strength,for victory and our fans Czech
31.the carthage eagles...higher and stronger than evercountry
32.united we play,united we winUNITED STATE
Dr Han(football fans) fromwww.fifaworldcup-yahoo.co.uk

11:00 am  
Blogger rachel said...

love your site, what's the address as cant mount it pn mine, phnar phnar
x rach

12:30 pm  
Blogger rachel said...

Don't worry, I'm sorted with the address now. Good luck for the new job, when you say pack up your desk, I'm assuming somewhere in there is 'collect your p45' as well.
rach

9:09 pm  
Anonymous Ben said...

Bullshit Bingo is a classic.

Years ago they called it Buzzword Bingo, but I guess things are getting harsher in the corporate world!

I was involved with it back then and still love the idea...everyone should play Bullshit/Buzzword Bingo.

12:50 am  
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