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Old 10-10-2018, 08:04 AM   #61
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So did he take the deer home? You know to eat?
Yep! He dropped it off with some guy who dresses them and then off we went to do some technical sales...like nothing ever happened.

There I was, 30 years old at the time in a $3000 suit standing in some guy's farm yard as they unloaded the deer into a big bucket loader.

It may/may not have been in season as it all seemed to be on the Q.T. but it was a long time ago.
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Old 10-10-2018, 08:57 AM   #62
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There I was, 30 years old at the time in a $3000 suit standing in some guy's farm yard as they unloaded the deer into a big bucket loader.

Not to mention the look on your dry cleaner's face when you dropped off the suit covered in blood and leaves!
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If I may follow up on my dead/not-dead deer story:
(sorry for the tangent...and I swear I'm not making this up!)

The deer was now thrashing around in the back seat. We drove out to the woods somewhere and he dragged the deer out of the car. The thing started walking around, kind of dazed. It was badly hurt.

Then it got even more interesting: My rep had put a length of 4" stove pipe inside the engine compartment, cut a hole in his glove compartment and was able to slide a rifle through the glove compartment and into the stove pipe for holding.

Well, seems that the bullets he brought were not for the rifle he had and so, with a baseball bat............

An interesting road trip.
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:36 PM   #64
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Picked him up at 9am, dropped him back to his car by 1:30.

Took him to our top prescribers large practice . We hung out in the break room and as each physician and nurse came by...each one gave me a hug. We love Rod. All female office. The top endocrinologist comes in at the end, hugs me and then keeps her arm hooked around mine as he blabs on.

We leave and when we get outside he says, “Man! They all really like you. I mean, they really like you! I’ve never seen anyone with that strong of a relationship. You are like family.”

We got to lunch, just small talk. Then he says, “Uh, I have a conference call this afternoon, you can take me back to my car. Keep doing what you are doing for the next 5 and a half months.”

I don’t think he had a conference call.
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:43 PM   #65
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Well then. It's over now, get ready and enjoy your upcoming vacation in November!
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:51 PM   #66
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Well then. It's over now, get ready and enjoy your upcoming vacation in November!
You got that!
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Sounds like the strong love from the customer took all the air out of his balloon
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Picked him up at 9am, dropped him back to his car by 1:30.

Took him to our top prescribers large practice . We hung out in the break room and as each physician and nurse came by...each one gave me a hug. We love Rod. All female office. The top endocrinologist comes in at the end, hugs me and then keeps her arm hooked around mine as he blabs on.

We leave and when we get outside he says, “Man! They all really like you. I mean, they really like you! I’ve never seen anyone with that strong of a relationship. You are like family.”

We got to lunch, just small talk. Then he says, “Uh, I have a conference call this afternoon, you can take me back to my car. Keep doing what you are doing for the next 5 and a half months.”

I don’t think he had a conference call.
did you have to double back and pass out gift cards to the staff?

Your manager gave up at 1 customer? Weak sauce
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We got to lunch, just small talk. Then he says, “Uh, I have a conference call this afternoon, you can take me back to my car. Keep doing what you are doing for the next 5 and a half months.”

I don’t think he had a conference call.

So did the boss pick up the lunch tab?
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Old 10-16-2018, 06:05 PM   #72
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14 months to go for me, my boss is half my age, I have learned to just keep my BS going at a high level, I tried to educate her on some life lessons, but these millennials are a completely different breed and I am scared for the future of our Megacorp, not only are they running the Company but also ruining it.
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:55 PM   #73
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I agree with the comment to just find a way to relax, change focus, and have fun with it. You have nothing to lose at this point. Do a human experiment. Focus not on yourself and your "numbers" but on him. Keep switching the conversation to him--his goals, his life, his family etc. Observe what happens.
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Once you are past the financial freedom point, time to switch to compassion for all who are still under the gun.

Try to give the new manager ideas to improve his sector’s performance.

You may also need his reference for a fun low stress gig post retirement.

Be wary that he may be looking to push you out early.
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Old 10-25-2018, 09:55 AM   #74
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Any manager worth his salt knows which people he needs to ride, and who are his best producers. A good manager knows each person's motivation and will listen to all his best salespersons' ideas understanding that 98% are self-serving BS, and 2% are solid gold.

Usually the old pros are the ones who you can learn the most from. No need to piss them off as long as everyone is acting professionally. The echoes of losing a top salesperson can resonate for a long time and your manager will want to minimize that impact.

(It's a lot better than being the veteran short-timer who sandbags for a couple of years before retirement knowing he's bulletproof. Those people are killers for morale and a life-suck for managers trying to whip a dead horse.)

It sounds like you'll have all the room you need to maneuver up until the end. You might even have an opportunity to suggest some changes that would improve things for your team after you're gone. I'd be very surprised if you didn't have any good sales ideas that could make you and the company more money. New blood has no sacred cows. You have nothing to lose if you have some 2%-quality ideas. Your new boss may want some early wins with the team and his new boss.

Good luck, and don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out!
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Hey everyone...we returned Saturday night from 18 perfect days in SW Florida. Oh man how I hated to leave. The grandkids absolutely loved it.

So, I get an email Saturday afternoon from wonderboy Tony Robbins wannabe new manager. “Hello Rod, I Hope you enjoyed your vacation and are ready to finish the month strong. I will be doing a field ride with you Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Ugh.
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Hey everyone...we returned Saturday night from 18 perfect days in SW Florida. Oh man how I hated to leave. The grandkids absolutely loved it.

So, I get an email Saturday afternoon from wonderboy Tony Robbins wannabe new manager. “Hello Rod, I Hope you enjoyed your vacation and are ready to finish the month strong. I will be doing a field ride with you Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Ugh.
OK a few possibilities:
1) this guy is a bloody idiot, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. But after many years in the field no-one want to see you this week unless an emergency. Now if you put calls on a shared calendar or something that's your fault.
2) They may have a P*ss poor CRM system, and they need to capture the information before you leave, and for some reason don't want to come right out and ask you.

Glad you enjoyed the extended vaca in Florida. Where in south west. Just got back from tampa area
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He's making sure you are at work Tuesday and Wednesday. It's going to be hard to see customers because they are cutting out early for the holiday, but line as many up as you can. One for 3 PM on Wednesday if you can swing it. Bring goodies.
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He's making sure you are at work Tuesday and Wednesday. It's going to be hard to see customers because they are cutting out early for the holiday, but line as many up as you can. One for 3 PM on Wednesday if you can swing it. Bring goodies.
That was my first thought. He wants to make sure OP is not shirking his corporate responsibility.
Tuesday there may be a flat tire to get fixed first thing in the AM. Wednesday, arrive at 5AM and leave at 1PM.
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OK a few possibilities:
1) this guy is a bloody idiot, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. But after many years in the field no-one want to see you this week unless an emergency. Now if you put calls on a shared calendar or something that's your fault.
2) They may have a P*ss poor CRM system, and they need to capture the information before you leave, and for some reason don't want to come right out and ask you.

Glad you enjoyed the extended vaca in Florida. Where in south west. Just got back from tampa area
We have a place in Ft Myers. Yeah, he’s just an idiot. We live in the same city. So I will get stuck with him when he doesn’t have time to drive or fly to ride with others. He’s new, so he wants corporate to think he’s a real go getter. Yeah, let’s go bother some physicians at 5 pm on Wednesday.....we might as well see if we can do Thanksgiving with their families! Just dumb.
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He's making sure you are at work Tuesday and Wednesday. It's going to be hard to see customers because they are cutting out early for the holiday, but line as many up as you can. One for 3 PM on Wednesday if you can swing it. Bring goodies.
Exactly, no one wants or needs to see us this week.
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