Sunday, 15 March 2015

#Steakgate Selling or negotiating your pay Beware the Ides of March Caesar was not indispensable

Everybody is a salesperson- well maybe not all the time.

 But when you start work you have to sell yourself at interview,
 renew that sale at appraisal time 
  and in pay negotiations... well you get the point. 

Most of us don’t go about as publicly as the  BBC Top Gear TV presenters.

The brouhaha over Jeremy Clarkson and the BBC means for those who wanted to watch Top Gear on Sunday 15th  are offered at 8 pm  programme about the Red Arrows " Inside the bubble".

( In view of Lewis Hamilton  F1 victory in Australia I think a considerable number probably want to watch the highlights of the race from Melbourne's Albert Park !)  

'The Indispensable Man '
in my little black notebook copied sometime 
in the last century !
One of the issues is whether a very well-paid presenter will carry on fronting Top Gear for the BBC or a similar show about cars for competitors ITV, Sky or even Netflix.

Allegedly the  contracts of Messrs Clarkson , May and Hammond are due for renewal in a matter of weeks.

 Their public forthcoming appearances in Stavanger , Norway have been sold out and  will go ahead and not be cancelled.

On  social media  more than 840,000+ have signed a petition demanding Jeremy Clarkson keeps his job after he was suspended by the BBC following the “fracas”. 

That may have some effect on upping the ante. The risk will be bigger but so could be the rewards.

 Whether it is the personalities of the talent in front of the cameras, the production managers, the British Broadcasting  Corporation big wigs , part of the negotiation discussion is the question of ‘indispensability of talent’   whether front or behind the camera.

Common sense tells us no one is completely Indispensable.

Here is some wisdom I hand copied into my little black paper notebook back in the day. 

The Indispensable man

by Saxon White Kessinger

Sometime when you’re feeling important.
Sometime when your ego’s in bloom
Sometime when you take it for granted
You’re the best equipped man in the room.
Some time when you feel your going
Would leave an un-fillable hole.
Just follow these simple instructions
And see how they humble your soul.

Take a a bucket and fill it with water
Put your hands in it up to your wrists
Pull them out – and the hole that remains
Is a measure of how you’ll be missed.
You may splash all you please when  you enter
You may stir up the all the waters galore
But stop- and you’ll find in a minute
That it looks just the same as before
The moral of this is quite simple
You must do the best you can-
Be proud of yourself, but remember

There is no indispensable man.

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