I went on that MBA speaker event yesterday, it was good and I did learn several things from some of the speakers as they are all really interesting people who have become global motivational speakers ....but it wasn’t like everything was relevant
The real benefit was interacting with the sales director and the team I have now joined around the Product Manager roles, I have to admit everyone is about 5-7 years older than me but much more experienced around there jobs and business management experience
But this is a good thing as I will learn loads from some of them and that is what I need to do to expedite my current trajectory on this new job J
But I really like the sales director and he seems to like me. He is an amazing person who has a totally different approach to his job; he is a master at building relationships and comes across incredibly trusting. So again someone else I can really learn from
And this guy became a millionaire several years ago yet he has not quit this job and continues to espouse the company ethos, his own personal success has not made him arrogant in any way
He made a point of inviting me for drinks afterwards, I didn't go this time but I was reminded going forward I would have to get use to taking customers for drinks and entertaining them at certain times. What is very different is I will get an expense card but due to the nature of the experience of this division the guys were talking about up to R100K can be claimed back next day!!!!
My old position has a limit of 5k, of course you have to justify the cost but that's how much margin some of these guys make on some deals.
But I want to avoid what happened last time I was in a sales role, 4-5 years ago. I ended up being the one always taking certain clients to the most exclusive and popular adult entertainment venue in JHB...a place I mentioned called the Grand
This place is really 5 star, take a look at the food buffet and decor. They have very ostentatious champagne stalls and epicurean food stalls, they even have authentic Japanese sushi chefs. Its designed to create this impression it’s a upmarket restaurant so people can visit without palatable guilt ?
I know some of you guys have never been to a brothel and won’t go due to moral or other reasons, I absolutely respect that view and I would never go if I was married or involved. But in SA and in every city I have worked or been involved in closing deals like Vegas, New York or London there has always been some guys who insist on going to some brothel afterwards as we always pay…and yes sometimes the guys are even married but it Is not my place to question their commitment
My normal boss is married and has 2 kids; he has never ever been to a strip club in his life and will never go as he sees it as cheating on his family. He hired me 7 years ago, we were acquired by this global SA based consultancy 4 years ago and he made me the offer now for this exciting opportunity. He works 12-14 hours a day and doesn’t monitor us or expect timesheets. He implicitly trusts us and I appreciate that. So when he asks me anytime if I will go with any customers, again these are good deals, how can I really say no?
Now finally there are different ladies working in the Grand, the hottest ladies are unbelievably hot but very expensive, R4000-6000/hour. They are mostly Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian and other east European ladies
So I guess I have to not get pulled into some deviant encounter where I just get manipulated into spending money in an inordinate way through the expense card.
Also I have an issue with the Grand, is true. It’s not the same as the strip club Candice works which is a place I feel relaxed….the Grand just always feels wrong and hedonistic in an uncomfortable way?