|Quoting BigJKU (Reply 26):|
It really is very simple for me. Some of the most successful people I know in my field (which is sales and finance related) are total dicks who take every chance to talk down their competition and are generally not liked. Other equally successful people will, even when given the chance to say something, decline to do so and instead focus on what they offer.
This is the heart of the matter for me.
|Quoting anfromme (Reply 30):|
It was Leahy himself that conceded that he's unlikely to reach the self-proclaimed target for the A380 this year.
The real question is why would he make such a bombastic statement:
|Quoting Revelation (Reply 10):|
I've told Tom [Enders, Airbus chief executive] that I'm going to sell 30 A380s this year,"
.. to begin with ...
|Quoting anfromme (Reply 30):|
From what we've seen and heard before and during the show, I think in this particular case, it was CX that spoilt Leahy's (and Airbus') target
... especially if it's success depended on one deal, and he had no feasible backup plan?
|Quoting chuchoteur (Reply 44):|
...In reply to some of the above, one of the things John Leahy is good at is closing a deal, even if the people on the other side of the table don't like him.
I've called him a great salesman, and this indeed seems to be his greatest talent, however, I'd encourage people to consider that he's not the only one who works for Airbus's sales and marketing team.
|Quoting SEPilot (Reply 58):|
If he anticipated the world economic state to improve this year (for which I would say he was smoking something) and not anticipating the wing crack issue, I can understand his optimism for A380 sales. However, actual events have been somewhat less than kind. I do not attach any particular blame to JL for the result. He is man enough to admit that he is likely to be proved wrong.
IMHO his statement was so full of certitude, he shouldn't be cut any slack.
If he said "I believe me and my team will sell 30 A380s this year" I'd be cutting him some slack.
Yet he said to journalist(s), "I've told Tom [Enders, Airbus chief executive] that I'm going to sell 30 A380s this year".
Big difference, says me...
|Quoting anfromme (Reply 40):|
So you're admittinig that your posts had vitriol in them. With that established, I think the answer to "why does the vitriol get more comment" is that, in a post with 80% vitriol, nobody really believes that the three questions posed in the last six lines of that post are more than rhetorical in nature
Eh? The most appropriate definition for vitriol from directory.com is something highly caustic or severe in effect, as criticism
. Yes, my statement had much criticism, some severe, and some colourful expressions to emphasixe the statement, but it started with two direct, clear quotes from JL
himself. There was much to chose from on the table, but some chose to eat dessert before dinner, and have sore stomachs as a result.
Thanks. As above, salesman are a hot button item for me these days. I presume in your very important line of work that your smaller customer base limits your exposure to them.
|Quoting astuteman (Reply 64):|
Being criticised for being man enough to admit he's going to be proved wrong doesn't make much sense to me.
His admission was that the market was weaker than anticipated, which is a pretty milque toast, self serving admission in my book.
The world has not changed that much since February.
It seems the chief thing that has changed is that the great deal closer has not been able to close one deal that he was quite certain he would be able to close in February.
It's also clear that he had no feasible backup strategy should he not be able to close that one deal.
Live by the sword, die by the sword...