November 21, 2005


I can't really think of stuff to write today. It's the first day of 'Leadership and Excellence'. I'm sure i'm going to enjoy the next two weeks, as I learn about different leadership theories and how I can translate these into practice. How well will these work for me? How well do they work for other people? Will I be able to spot specific management styles as I walk around? Are there specific methods for breaking the cycle of poor leadership?

I've been thinking about why business people choose to look like they've been cloned i.e. wearing a suit, but that choosing to wear the same type of outfit as others in a social situation, for example, would be just plain creepy. I don't get it. It all seems so shallow and myopic. Maybe i'm being naive. What happened to actually talking to people and finding about what they have to say, rather than what their clothes say about them? And no comments about 'that's just the way that it is'. I get that. Sorry peeps, I have the grumps. Can you hear the snarling?

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  1. Marieke

    Somehow it seems that if you wear a suit, it looks like you bothered to dress up properly and is apparently shows some kind of respect towards the person who is interviewing you.

    I personally think that you should look like you made an effort but still dress appropriately for the occassion. A truck driver or an ASDA check-out person should not have to wear a suit. In fact, they would just look stupid and phony if you ask me.

    I struggle with job interviews anyway as you are always supposed to make every mistake or weak point look like something positive. Bullsh*t. We all have weak points and we all make mistakes. I would personally attach more value to having a nice chat with a candidate selected on the basis of a CV and good references, than asking them silly questions about how they turned a mistake into something positive.
    The CV and references will tell me they can do the job. The interview will tell me if I will get along with them.

    That is how I would approach an interview. Because to me it is about the person, not about the suit they wear.

    22 Nov 2005, 11:06

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