Saturday, August 25, 2012

A few unrelated thoughts.Nice guys come last!

I have been annoying the latest Management team at Group Lotus /DRB-Hicom / Proton with my proposal.

I sent them a link to my TV interview.

and a link to the SKY report on a Sports UNIVERSITY

Nothing new there! Come on Guys! Be nice. Invest in this project.

I see Dany Bahar's company car is for sale. Dany is suing DRB-Hicom for over £6.7 million for wrongful dismissal.

Proton gave him a 4 year contract just before DRB-Hicom bought them. Syed Zainal the Man responsible is no longer with proton.

Dany's settlement would be about $10 USA million.

Just goes to show how much top notch leaders get.

I remember when attending ASLI Auto conference 2009, a mystery high level recruiter sidled up to me at Proton's test track, and nattered on about his Red Bull/Ferrari client. How people don't mind paying for success.

I always remember Kevin, my boss at Lotus saying 'John, remember nice guys always come last!'

Kevin has now gone on to marry his new teenage bride, and heads up a prestigeous engineering consultancy.

Friendships in the Auto industry don't tend to run deep.

Pretending to be nice is important though.

As to whether I am nice, that is for others to judge.

My time will come. Of that I'm sure.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Birthday blog. Wish me luck.

Well today is my 57th birthday. The sun is shining, I've had my jog and stretch, read the newspapers and will shortly go off and eat far too much.
Life is grand!
As you know the Olympics is taking place up the road. Sadly, I like most people have been watching it on TV.
Attending an event live is unique, but watching it on the box in comfort isn't bad.
I remember my dad taking me to see Cassius Clay, as he was then box Our 'Enery in London. The atmosphere, and memories stay with me today.
Yesterday, Usian Bolt won his 200 metres race. People are comparing him to Ali, bigger than the sport.
Some people are a bit special.

I'm still trying to convince DRB-Hicom, and Group Lotus I am.

Wish me luck.