Have you reached your Saipan?
“have you reached your Saipan?
Do you ever get the feeling that those around and above you are cruising, even incompetent…..
Many people talk the talk but we’re only interested in those who can walk the walk, if you can, come and talk to us.”
The writing is set against a huge map with Saipan coloured a vibrant green and a land mass bigger than a light blue shaded Africa and America!
For those of you not living in Ireland at the time, or with no interest in football, this ad refers to the infamous 2002 World cup incident ,when Roy Keane was sent home, or had himself sent home by Mick Mc Carthy. (Choose one depending on your point of view). It took over the entire Irish media and generated countless arguments which continue to this day. I guess with Roy Keane doing such a superb job managing Sunderland into the Premiership, Oregon thought this ad would attract attention. But have they limited their employee search to football fans or people living in Ireland in 2002?
The Saipan incident spawned an entire show “I Keano” which still runs occasionally in both Ireland and England.
I went to see the first run with some football mad friends and found it amazing that opposing sides felt the show supported “their man’s ” point of view.
What the incident clearly demonstrates, is there is no such thing as all black and all white. It’s very easy to put the blame on the other person, but it’s always useful to examine our own position to see what have we done that contributed to the problem.
For example, a good colleague told me the reason why our joint boss was making my life so difficult was I always reacted. His advice was just stay calm in the face of any provocation and he’ll get bored. Very difficult to implement, but once I did, problem solved. And yes, the boss was the real issue but I had to acknowledge my part in the problem. So an ability to examine a problem from different angles without getting into endless self blaming is essential in life.
Sunderland are coming to Dublin to play Boh’s at the home of Irish soccer - Dalymount park on Saturday the 28th July. Some tickets are still available from Ticketmaster. I’m not linking there as I don’t understand why Boh’s have chosen this expensive method of ticket distribution, plus most fans buying here will support the English team Sunderland rather than our own home club Bohemians. Tickets for Galway United versus Sunderland have fully sold out without using Ticket Master. Is this a failure to examine an issue from all angles?
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