Football umpires are the worst!

management Aug 25, 2020

On Saturday afternoon I watched Port be denied three holding the ball calls within 30 seconds of play. Not even joking!

What was the umpire thinking? 

They were so obvious. Blind Freddy would have seen and paid at least one of those frees. But no - once again clear evidence that umpires are biased or blind or both. 

Seriously - who would want to be an umpire. 

In particular, who would want to be an umpire in 2020 when most of us are on social media judging everyone all day every day.  

That little section of play will be viewed by angsty Port supporters thousands and thousands of times. They will attract hundreds of nasty comments about how useless umpires are; funny quips will be made about the '3 blind mice' - OMG - so funny!

I was sitting there watching the game.  I saw the holding the ball frees. I got angry and yelled. Why couldn’t the ump see this?  Well, clearly they couldn’t see them because if they did they would have...

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Why don't our casuals answer their phone?

leadership management Aug 25, 2020

I was working with a team who work in the retail sector.  They work hard.  Wow, they work hard.  

The team leaders or managers have to supervise a myriad of people (in their team) who all have their own quirky personalities and they then serve a myriad of people (their customers) who all have their own quirky personalities as well. 

People working in retail can tell you some really great stories about human behaviour - the good, bad and the ugly. They have seen it all. COVID has brought out even more extreme behaviours.  My hat is off to these people. Their job is way harder than what most of us see. 

So I was talking with a group of managers recently about their various challenges and for one team it was rostering, getting casual staff to fill the shifts when someone is away sick or if there is a sudden increase in demand.  They would complain if they didn’t get rostered on 'enough' but they didn’t answer their phone...

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It’s not her fault

management Jul 28, 2020

Well, she can’t take all of the blame. 

Graham and I run/walk to a cafe every weekend for a breakfast date.  We have our favourites, the cafes we go back to over and over again and sometimes we are daring and try a new cafe. 

One morning we tried out a new cafe. We went to this particular cafe because it had a good reputation and it opened at 8 am on a Sunday. Yay for the win!

So we were dutifully waiting outside at 8 am ready and willing to try their breakfast delights.  The lights were on and there was a woman working behind the bar.  The main door to the cafe was blocked with a table; so it looked to us that the cafe wasn’t open yet.  So we didn’t check the door but waited patiently for her to be ready to open up.  It got to about 8:06 am and Graham started to wave at the person inside and she gestured that he should pull on the door handle.  Turns out it was open. Doh!

We went in and said, “oh, we thought you...

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