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The Sassoon Collection

vii. The Manager

‘Good-morning; good-morning!’ the well-rested manager said
When we worked through the night to finish on time
the urgent assignment he failed to review and release
until late afternoon.

And we mock his insincerity as a matter of routine:
‘I work for you’, ‘What can I do to help you finish this sooner?’
As our stomachs growl from the coffee machine brew
But nonetheless still polite to his face
since by his judgment alone is our performance scored.

— Zumwalt (2011)

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Comments on: "The Sassoon Collection: vii. The Manager" (8)

  1. willowdot21,

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  2. “And we mock his insincerity as a matter of routine”…love this line and we’re all guilty of this. I enjoyed reading this little snapshot of human nature. Well expressed 🙂

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  3. And we mock his insincerity as a matter of routine..sounds like already given up in a way..sad when a boss behaves like this…so unthoughtful toward’s his staff’s life.. reading this makes me anew thankful for my boss..this is a strong write..

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  4. Work Work Work… Life is so sweet though, glad you already know…where your true talent rest…we need it.
    Bless You
    paul

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  5. claudia and sonsothunder,

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  6. Ah yes, what a thought. I have not been under the authority of a manager for some time, but I know the sentiments quite well 🙂

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