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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Cyber Sulk?

Well as cyber sullks go, that was quite exceptional. 

Except I wasn't sulking. Honest.

I just seem to have been soooo busy.

So I hired Top Management Consultant Anders Hoch  to review operations at Blighty Inc and make recommendations on how to improve productivity.

Here are excerpts from his report, with my reaction in italics.

Taking Blighty Inc. Forward  Into the 20th Century*

* Anders old chap how much wine did you have at lunch exactly?

Scope of Review

We were asked to review all domestic operations of Blighty Inc.  We observed operations at Blighty HQ and interviewed key personnel in Catering, Procurement, Staff Training, Laundry Services, Hygiene and Health Services, Transport, Policing and Judicial,  Social Activities and Sport (which in this report will be collectively referred to as MUM).
Er, that's  me I think...

We also spoke to the Chief Executive Officer and Finance Director.  So Mr B gets the fancy job title, typical

We had a brief interview with the junior members of the Blighty Inc. team but they were very busy watching telly and were unwilling to fully enter into a dialogue  you mean they ignored you completely as they were watching re-runs of Top Gear on Dave TV

Scope of Activities

The breakdown of MUM activities during a typical working day are:

23%  reading gossip on the Daily Mail website
27% drinking tea, reading fashion blogs
2% furiously carrying out domestic tasks in state of guilt and quiet frenzy
12% looking for reading glasses
5% reading thrillers and detective novels
5% answering cold calls on telephone from insurance companies and acting delightfully dizzy and charming while telling them to get lost
4% ringing Grandma Whacker back and apologising for being so rude under misapprehension that she was selling car insurance and of course you don't mean her to do that with her insurance policy
5% watching X Factor with Mr B and putting on silly Northern accent and exclaiming "oooh Gary has such kind eyes, I really feel he understands me and my journey" and falling off sofa with laughter inventing sob stories for contestants: "It would mean the world to me to win X Factor as I have a conjoined twin who is currently in prison  and a granny confined to a wheelchair by terminal flatulence..."
77% watching junior executives playing rugby in a light drizzle
86% watching junior executives playing football in a light drizzle
34% attending to sports related injuries
36%  sports psychology counselling
7%  cobbling together costumes for school theme days (" I know it's a fitted sheet but well- to- do Romans would definitely have worn fitted sheets, honest!")
10% watching The Killing, exciting Danish police thriller
45% providing taxi services to Blighty junior executives
42% struggling to help with Maths homework

Key Recommendations

  • MUM is a very inefficient member of the Blighty team; her role needs to be more focused, and preferably carried out by someone else with better motivation and better skills re work product delivery do you mean get a cleaner?  Yay!
  • MUM to attend management training course and be reprogrammed
  • MUM must be denied access to the Internet
  • MUM to give up tea and novels
  • MUM to stop watching X Factor But Gary is the only man who really understands me
  • junior executives to give up rugby and football and instead take up needlework at home
  • MUM to accept that never going to get through 100 hours of The Killing so return the DVD the library NOW
  • junior executives to learn to drive They are only 9 and 10 so this might be a bit tricky
So there we have it.  I am going to be re-programmed.  I  will be dynamic, efficient and focused. 

Just as soon as I've had a cup of tea and a little sit down.. and a look at the Daily Mail website...


  1. Hop back on the bloggy bandwagon Blights! I am embracing the new media like all get out...and my polish is is 35 degrees at night!!! Miss you x

  2. Please tell the junior members of Blighty Inc. to check out the To Gear-Vietnam-special. They might want to watch it over and over again. At least that's what I did. Several reruns might lead to less mud in the house. Not so bad, no?

  3. When you have Lost Your Way, it is always good to call in an external Consultant to tell you exactly where you are going wrong, and inspire some dynamism. Then the best course of action is to completely ignore any advice/ findings and carry on as before. At least, that's what the companies I used to work for did. All the personality profiles that the consultants would do were enlightening however. Would love to know what yours would say! Have missed your posts x

  4. Good to see you back Blighty, keep up the good work!

  5. Hello dear - I was getting worried - so glad to see you're back. Since I became aware of the existence of management consultants I have berated myself for not being one - money and old rope are two of my favourite things! Teaching Grandma Whacker to suck eggs would be another treat! Keep at it with The Killing - Season 2 has just started on BBC4. Lots of love, xxx

  6. You can always go on strike because of deterioration in your working conditions, but don't expect much support from the CEO or CFO (especially if they are one and the same personage).

    Junior Executives may be required to expand their original job descriptions to include actually buying Christmas presents.

    Glad to have you back Blighty - you were missed!!

    Ali x

  7. Back with a bang, if you pardon the expression. My consultant is more commonly known as my wife. Our little Jnr exec fires me on a regular basis, only to be reinstated when the washingcookingcleaningshoppingbillpayingchores need to be done. It's nice to be indispensable.

  8. Hello Mrs B. I think you should outsource your housework, cooking, and sitting in drizzle watching games to a professional. Then you would have lots of time for the important things. Just sayin'.

  9. Still giggling, great post.

  10. Baby G is very glad you are back. She and I like to read your posts together. She's just learned to smile and thinks you are HILARIOUS (as do I for the record).

    K xx

  11. Dear Mrs Blighty, I was just musing on how to stage a bloggy intervention. I am so glad you are back. However, your consultants weren't much chop - clearly must be fired and sued. Where were the superfluous sentences, the invention of entirely new words, the excessive nouns in apposition, the mystifying new accronyms, the poor grammar? I ask you! Why hasn't Mr B been stretchered out on receipt of invoice (payment of which must procede the delivery of the draft report)? Am off myself to effect the granular deconfliction of multiple siloed units that is if I can locate sufficient bandwidth within the appropriate STS (strategic and tactical space). love Lindaxxx (PS what is wrong with tea and beauty blogs, I ask you?)

  12. If the Daily Mail would stop running stories about TOWIE and X Factor, our productivity would go through the roof!

    I have just seen that the lovely Faux Fuchsia has hopped on the Twitter bandwagon- do you think you would like to join too? It would brighten my day no end.


  13. Hello Blights
    So so happy to see you back where you belong...with us!
    Really did think you had given away this bloggy caper darhling.
    Yes please twitter so we can tweet!!!
    Annie xx

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