Of former friends and financial metaphors

Two things on my mind:

A former friend made a very good point as we parted ways, about my sometime hazy (cough cough) attention to finer detail.  Blah blah extraversion blah blah … but actually, this is something I need to work on a bit more.  Hmmm (grim reality is that as an old dog it is hard to learn new tricks, but nonetheless, not impossible blah blah).  And will save time (am having to redo some grindingly boring work because I simply didn’t get it right the first time round. Only Myself To Blame, sadly.)

Second, financial metaphors.  Reading about platform economies etc.  Lots of people getting scammed. The old line about “if you’re sitting down to play poker and you can’t see who the sucker at the table is, get up and walk out, cos it’s you” applies.

Then there’s something to signify enormous risks – “picking up dimes in front of steamrollers”

And – a new one on me – “selling 10 dollar bills for five bucks” (the point being your units shifted and revenue gained per unit look fab. Lots of satisfied customers. But, um, you’re losing five bucks on every transaction….
That’ll do for now.

Oh, I suppose I should point to a couple of posts on Manchester Climate Monthly that I am proud- ish of –

  1. Meet is murder – “Where do we meet?” is not the only question
  2. Global Warming Local Swarming (on how you might try to run a BIG meeting of new folk)

 

Overdue update – on flubbing interviews, books that need writing etc.

Didn’t get another job. Knew within five minutes of the interview starting that I’d blown it (these always remind me of the opening sequence of that Black Mirror episode).

I can and will learn from this, and try to get hold of some more quantitative skills, or even just better analytics on my existing qualitative ones.  And do practice interviews. Etc.

Meanwhile, here’s some stuff I’ve written on another site recently.

And a kick-ass interview (the answers not the questions) with Prof Julia Steinberger on Manchester, climate and solidarity

As has been suggested to me, need to focus more on a book proposal or two…

 

 

 

 

 

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