Wise words from a wise guy.
Gosh (yes, that’s his name) is the coffee barista at Flat Mountain Roasters and he’s been nominated by Cosmopolitan South Africa as one of South Africa’s Hottest Baristas. As you can tell from his words, he’s as great on the inside as he is outside. Do us a favour and head over here and vote for him by typing in “Gosh” under the candidate section. All votes appreciated.
We were cramped up in the kitchen at work – where I overhear a plethora of conversations on a daily basis. Surprisingly this is the first one I’ve actually documented. Probably because it perfectly articulated what I’ve been feeling of late. How is it that work does this to you? Or is it just a case of getting older? Either way, I’m determined not to let it be a permanent thing. Life’s too short for that.
Ah man, it was just the kind of humour I needed on a six hour train ride. The son had reached peak ADD levels and the father had clearly had enough. It was a surprisingly effective parenting/threatening technique.
The disbelief was palpable. Luckily they turned out to be biscuits.
Oh dear, I thought to myself. Not only were we standing in a lift, but last night was a particularly sock-essential kind of night.
Once again, Claire and I (remember me, the yes-sayer?) have decided to do a connected/swap blog post. Last time, it was a gamble to try and get the attention of the mystery decision makers of the Ogilvy Graduate Program, and do you know what? By glory be, our swashbuckling, mad-hatter, shot in the dark gamble paid off! WE DID IT! Claire and I are the Cape Town winners of the Ogilvy Graduate Program!
This begs the question, then, why is she now writing on my blog, and I on hers. Well, little stompie-pickers, that’s because it’s my greatest pleasure to tell you how wonderful your champion Claire is. (She doesn’t enjoy doing that so much).
I can’t remember when I met Claire because we were at school together. What I do remember, was thinking “this girl means business.” Claire is, well, Claire is just golden. Do you know what I mean? Once in a very rare while you get those people who are just solid bullion. They shine. Claire will smile and help you out in the kindest, friendliest way before she’s even learnt your name.
But now you’re thinking that that’s not really what the ad industry is looking for. Well. One of the main mystery decision makers is a man named Luca, MD of Ogilvy. His job was to make sure the winners fit into the company culture. Despite what you may think, Ogilvy is very big on culture and the quality of its employees. They “hire giants” and believe their new recruits are the future of the company. And, I can promise you, Claire is a giant. Luca prizes qualities like integrity, courage, honesty and playfulness. Do you know anyone who is more of a giant in these areas than Claire? Brave, clever, hard-working Claire is on the ball, with it and exactly, I think, who Ogilvy wants.
Claire will fly, and she will do it with all the passion and energy of a freight train. I’m not sure if Claire and I are two sides of the same coin, but I can’t wait to work with her. Ogilvy people, trust me – you can’t wait to work with her either, it’s nothing but a delight.
Congrats Claire. Let’s throw everything we’ve got into this. To a once-in-a-lifetime year. Cheers!