thank the team

Vogue magazine has film credits.  Well!  They look like end credits we see after the movie, telling us who produced it, directed it, the camera crew, location, make-up, who fed the cast and crew, who did costumes, etcetera, etcetera.

Normally, I don’t do Vogue.  I only buy the magazine when Lupita Nyong'o, the Kenyan actress is on the cover.  She is promoting Black Panther, her latest film in the January 2018 issue.  I read the interview first then decided to back-track to the first few pages. 
It is a Vogue who is who of men and women who put all the pieces together to make the magazine attractive at newsstands.  I don’t have a subscription so that is where I pick it up.

Teams that handle Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister, corporate Canada or America should learn from this.  The current practice is that somebody reads CEOs’ credentials before they speak.  They went to Brock University or Harvard, wrote books about the environment or sweat shops, did volunteer work in unknown countries, the list goes on.

That is great.  We, in the audience clap but what should be highlighted is that some people had sleepless nights, thinking about what should be in the CEO’s speech.  They cut and pasted figures, prepared power point presentations, double-checked the spelling of foreign dignitaries, anything to make the CEO’s presentation flawless.

O.K.  Vogue and the boardroom are miles apart, but Vogue has a point: credit people who did the work.  Say thank you, in print.
By:  Nonqaba waka Msimang.


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