“I’m here to work, not to pick up girls.”

Gruneberg asked for a position as the club’s swimming instructor, to which Voyenne gleefully produced a picture of four beautiful women clad in swimsuits. “What do you think?” he asked. “I’m here to work, not to pick up girls,” replied Gruenberg—and with that he had passed the test. From an article in Monocle magazine’s MediterraneoContinue reading ““I’m here to work, not to pick up girls.””

Exploiting Other People’s Pain and Suffering

“Well, part of me says, ‘I don’t care.’  This is a moral issue.  If you have people working for you who cannot make enough money to live on, you don’t have much of a business plan.  Your business is really exploiting other people’s pain and suffering.” Writer and columnist Barbara Ehrenreich, quoted in Time magazineContinue reading “Exploiting Other People’s Pain and Suffering”

Lessons for Young Designers (or any creative person)

10 lessons for young designers, from John C Jay, executive creative director for ad agency Wieden+Kennedy: 1. Be authentic. The most powerful asset you have is your individuality, what makes you unique. It’s time to stop listening to others on what you should do. 2. Work harder than anyone else and you will always benefitContinue reading “Lessons for Young Designers (or any creative person)”

Curiosity doesn’t kill cashiers

One day, while I was training a cashier at the same drug store chain, she made a common beginner’s mistake. I said, “Let me show you what went wrong.” She said, “No, just tell me what button to push or who to call.” “But it’s very simple; if I show you what went wrong, you’llContinue reading “Curiosity doesn’t kill cashiers”

The Serial Killer Salesclerk

Have you ever gone into a store or to a customer service counter and the clerk just stared into space like a zombie?  He or she didn’t greet you or smile, or asked if you needed help, or even say what your total was when they rang you up?  I’m not saying the extreme oppositeContinue reading “The Serial Killer Salesclerk”

“Please say no! Please say no!”

Years ago, I worked for a national drug store chain as a clerk.  We had a manager and several shift managers.  Our nightly closing tasks included rounding up the shopping carts from the parking lot and making bags of ice.  Every evening, the closing shift manager (let’s call him Mason) would come up to meContinue reading ““Please say no! Please say no!””