The Battery Farm

They’re always so new and shiny when they arrive, perfect and unbroken. I prefer them to be fresh – they’re full of ideas, often good ones, pathetically keen to progress (they’ll do anything) and sweetly naive. This last is really important and, believe me, it doesn’t last long so I have to take advantage quickly; they hatch out into cynical little creatures before you know it.

Divide and rule is best, I always make sure every single one of them is pitted against all the others at any one time. You can do this easily with interns – they know there’s not going to be a job for all of them at the end of this so they’ll fight tooth and claw for my approval. It’s easy to take their ideas, I set them brainstorming tasks and presentations, cherry-pick their best concepts (it’s surprising how good some of them are. If I’m honest, I couldn’t produce anything half as good – but then I’m not really much of an ideas person) and present them to the board as mine. They are mine really – these kids wouldn’t have a clue without me.

They usually wise up a couple of months in, when they start seeing their work appearing under my name and wondering why they haven’t been offered a permanent role. But that’s the beauty with interns, you can just get rid of them without a moment’s notice or a second thought. And no one questions me. It may seem tough but, the way I see it, in business, if you want to get to the top but you don’t have the talent, you’re going to have to break a few eggs to make that omelette.

The following two tabs change content below.
Alex Jury

Alex Jury

Alex Jury is a retired cowgirl, now working as a copywriter in London. She loves working with words but misses all the lassoing.
Alex Jury

Latest posts by Alex Jury (see all)

There are no comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  
Please enter an e-mail address