My colleague is being pestered (not too strong a word) by an idiot who thinks he is more powerful than he is.
(The idiot is actually a very small and replaceable cog in a very large but undistinguished machine)
He carries a Blackberry to make himself feel that he looks important.
My colleague and I don’t have a cell-phone between us; we don’t need one. We work to schedule, deliver ahead of time, and keep appointments.
The idiot wants to engage in an email dialogue without doing business.
My colleague wants to hit the “delete” button on the contact database.
I advise against doing that.
Idiots have their uses
They are good for practicing dialogues, since if the dialogue goes sour, you haven’t lost anything anyway.
We are bombarded with advice on how to act.
We need an audience on which to practice our new skills.
Preferably an audience that, if offended, won’t really hurt our bottom-line.
It’s what the free-sample idiots are for.