Disclosure Dilemma

January 14, 2012

About a year ago, I took a post in the Franchise Sales department after our former manager left to own a franchise.  Like many other businesses, ours has struggled ever since 2008.  We’ve had quite a bit of slow, drawn out contraction and continually decreasing sales figures.  As you can imagine, this doesn’t set up a new franchise sales person for success from day one.  About six months in to my time on the job, my boss was moved to a different department and a new one came in.

Neither of these individuals had any experience in franchising, nor did they seem interested in learning the industry.  After convincing them that it would be worth the time and money for me to attend a franchise sales conference in October, I became far more cognizant of some of the issues with how we were running our own department… Read the rest of this entry »

Back and Better than Ever

January 11, 2012

After two years of silence, GloveSlap is coming back.  I’m rebranding it as a site where I can vent my frustrations about the business world.  The content, as you can imagine, is going to consist of items from the business world that confound me – and when there is a slow news  day (probably fairly regularly), I will be including some fantastic items from my own personal experience.  After spending 6 years working in a situation that makes The Office look like a cakewalk, I’m excited to share some of those experiences with you and hopefully get some feedback.  I think my experience is pretty unique, but I fear that I’m going to find more of the same crap when I find my next job.  And I’m not changing the name of the Blog or my user name.  I’d love to duel some of the people I’m going to write about and I’m definitely an “annoyedgrunt” – just in a slightly different way than I meant it when I started this blog.
Just a few previews of the posts you can look forward to:
  • My boss describing our company as a “premiere” employer in the area to someone he wanted to sell to – just a month before they laid off 100 people (the third such layoff)
  • Getting fired, only to find out 3 days later I would be hired back – then turning it in to a 3 week paid vacation
  • Being told by the same senior executive in the same conversation a) that I need to exhibit ownership thinking and b) that I would have benefitted from a stint in the army because I needed to learn to do what I was told
  • When informing upper management that the reason for my “down” attitude was because I did not feel about what I was selling, being repeatedly questioned about whether something was going poorly in my personal life with my wife
  • Instead of listening to the thousands of people complaining about the company and making serious changes, upper management dismisses them for not “understanding the concept” and continue to do the same stuff they have done for 40 years

Believe me – each one of these is completely true, and I’ll include MUCH more detail.  For the sake of time and my own sanity, I needed to finish this first post to make this real and give myself an obligation to continue.  I hope you find it entertaining but I also hope you will give me some honest feedback – maybe I’m just an asshole and need to change my own behaviors or maybe you’ve had similar experiences and would like to vent – this is the place to do it.

Welcome

June 7, 2009

Well, before I get started with this new (at least to me) blogging thing; a little background.  My wife has been blogging for some time and I felt the need to follow in her footsteps yet again.  She likes to complain that I automatically dismiss many of her favorite things (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, McClintock, Friends…mostly movies and TV shows) without giving them a chance, but I beg to differ.  For some reason blogging has stuck with me and I want to see what its all about.

Why “Glove Slap” you ask?  And what about “AnnoyedGrunt”?  At first I was leaning toward “Dueling Blogs” or something like that, but it didn’t give an accurate picture of me or my intent with this blog.  As an avid Simpsons fan, I’ve always been a big fan of the episode “E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)”.  In the episode, which many of you may remember as the “Tomacco” episode, Homer watches a Zorro movie at the beginning and becomes enamored with challenging people to a duel, leading to a parody version of “Love Shack” called “Glove Slap”.

I’m not sure of the exact origin of the Glove Slap in dueling terms, but essentially slapping an individual in the face with a glove signifies your desire to duel them.  My plan for this blog (which may morph over time…perhaps when my glove slapping attracts the wrong person, kind of like the Simpsons episode) is to “Glove Slap” people from across the web, world news, my real life, etc. (I’ll try to keep sports-related blogs to a minimum, but no guarantees) over specific incidents which cause me to reach to my back pocket for my virtual dueling glove.

Hopefully we will have some laughs, some heated debates, and all learn a valuable lesson like the one Homer learns in E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)…that the tobacco companies will always win in the end.  Sorry I couldn’t find a good video to post of the Glove Slap song…maybe my first glove slap should be Fox.  I’m sure I could find plenty to duel them over.

Happy blogging.  I’ll be researching my first real post and hope to have one up later today.