I had a meeting with the two city managers and five assistant branch managers this morning at 8 a.m. to discuss with them the "Marketing Blitz" we were going to do that day. I'm in charge of this whole activity since I am the marketing manager for the suburban area. I talk and drive around the city for a living. I'm glad I talk and talk, rather than think and think. It's so much easier.
Anyhow, one of the city managers cut me off and opposed me when I was discussing marketing strategies. That is a big no-no. That is so unprofessional. I played it cool, though. I didn't want any kind of confrontation and so I just shut my mouth and let him speak. I know what I was saying, and I wanted him to continue making a fool of himself. He doesn't have a good reputation anyway amongst his employees. But this guy, he loves to talk, talk, talk, talk, and talk. He actually doesn't talk for a living. He's in operations. But he talks and talks and talks like there is no tomorrow. And trust me, that gets annoying.
So yeah, people love to power trip. Over a group of people, they wield whatever power they have, no matter how small their position is. Even a freakin' receptionist will think she owns the company. Even a freakin' restaurant manager thinks he's the only one who can serve food. Even a freakin' doorman can think he owns the whole building.
My friend from the Philippines told me that is a common Filipino trait, where even the smallest person, if given some little form of authority, enjoy being in command. They like to make other people feel like they are in control. Sort of like showing off. To let the other person know that you are a superior being. Case in point: people there have such expensive cell phones, but hardly any load or hardly any thing in their homes. They are so aware of brands, they try to wear brand name clothes; I said "try" because most of them are fake clothes. In fact, on a couple of occasions, someone came up to me if the clothes I was wearing (Abercrombie and Diesel) were real.
More points to make. Balikbayans love to go back to the Philippines and show off. They pretend they have a lot of money, but really, it's borrowed from the bank.
I am proud to be a Filipino. But there are certain things I can't help but talk about. Don't worry, I will be talking about our strengths soon. Let's get these "negativities" out of the way first.
Friday, August 25, 2006
Power Tripping, Is this a Filipino Thing?
I believe in love, justice, equality, and life. I believe in the pursuit of happiness. Above all else, I believe in God. I started blogging since since August 18, 2006. I am not the same person I was once. My thoughts, perspectives, and opinions are different now.