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Leviathan meets the Incredible Hulk

Leadership in the corporate world

Posted on 2007.06.27 at 14:21
IM Conversation. Names changed for privacy.

Note: I am not a sales guy, and have no access to price lists.

[11:11] LeviathanWork: Jane Doe at Client, Line one, wants to upgrade.
[11:12] bosshole: upgarde her
[11:12] bosshole: sell sell
[11:13] bosshole: upgrade to upgrade.
[11:13] bosshole: 123 main street..
[11:13] LeviathanWork: 1 meg?
[11:14] bosshole: 1 mbps set itnow

As near as i can tell, BTW, he was on the phone managing his band. Who are not a product of this company.

Comments:


mrsquizzical
mrsquizzical at 2007-06-27 21:52 (UTC) (Link)
i didn't understand a single word of that!
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-06-28 01:00 (UTC) (Link)
I'll help with as much as I can:

[11:11] LeviathanWork: Jane Doe at Client, Line one, wants to upgrade.

That's me telling my boss, our salesman, who has never provided me with a price list, and who makes up prices as he goes along, so there is no strandard, that a customer has called wanting to pay us more for a higher speed.

[11:12] bosshole: upgarde her

"Bosshole" (not his real IM handle) Our salesman, VP in charge of sales, co-owner of the company and my ultimate boss, is too busy trying to manage the band he's drummer for to take the call. He tells me to upgrade her. Which he misspells.

[11:12] bosshole: sell sell

He exhorts me to be a salesman. Did I mention he has never provided me with a price list, as he makes it up on the fly based on our costs?

While I'm trying to figure out what I can offer her and at what price, he takes teh call.

[11:13] bosshole: upgrade to upgrade.

He has heroically made the sale, and attempts to snstruct me to implement it. He is paying so little attention that he is unable to tell me what speed she actually bought.

[11:13] bosshole: 123 main street..

He tells me the customer's address, without specifying a unit within the building. Fortunately, I'd already looked up the client before alerting him to the call.

[11:13] LeviathanWork: 1 meg?

I ask him if 1 MegaBit Per Second is the speed he upgraded teh customer to.

[11:14] bosshole: 1 mbps set itnow

"Yes, One meg."

He then goes back to his call with his bandmate, discussing how to be more successful playing their weekend club gigs.
tajareyul at 2007-06-28 04:47 (UTC) (Link)
One can only hope that his band really takes off and he can quit his day job.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-06-28 13:16 (UTC) (Link)
The band's actually quite good and quite successful. But these guys are 40-year-old Weekend Warriors of Rock and Roll, so it does me no good.
Jenna: fomerly chocolate_coins
jennashaped at 2007-06-28 05:03 (UTC) (Link)
Are you kidding me? He's making all us sales people look like idiots! What a jerk. Why I oughtta.....*shakes fist*
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-06-28 13:22 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, no, he doesn't reflect on other sales people. He's in a class all his own.
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