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Aug 12, 2008


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people, quit making fun of Hyundais :) I just wish they would not pretend to be Lexus and Mercedes - see


BTW - couple of other categories for you

a) vendor exec who actually showed up at client other than in first 3 and last 3 months of multi-year contract

b) vendor with such onerous early termination fees that cell companies are lining up to learn from them :)

Appreciate the humour, Phil, but don't discount the value these awards could have on the market--they would instanly become the most popular!

I do agree with Carol that nightmare client should be included...there may need to be several tiers of each award now that I think about it, though that would violate your principle of only upsetting one party per award.

But its funny because its real. I've been saying for years transparency is the problem, Professional services, and outsourcing in particular, have buyers and sellers working hard to conceal rather than share information. Change that behavior and you have changed the industry


As a Benz owner, I find the car thirsty on gas and I get bankrupted everytime something goes wrong... whereas Hyundai's are fuel-efficient, inexpensive to maintain on a long-term basis, and socially responsible with hybrid options.

I can't wait to switch!


Thanks for the great humor Phil. Love to see the HRO blame game continue. Let's all blame the buyers now for writing a check for the Mercedes and having the Hyundai delivered instead!

I agree with Naomi that an anonymous way to vote would be very valuable. This can help clients avoid time consuming and costly mistakes.

Oh my God, couldn't you just nominate every client you ever had for Phil's "Vendors, do you have a self-rightous client who does not believe they need to have any accountability for the project outcome and just want to make you look like a criminal?" category??!!

How about
" Clients who actually took some accountability and managed to treat the vendors like humans not robots for the duration of the contract" award....the shortlist would be just that! :)

Carol - you are 100% right here - how remiss of me.

How about this: "Vendors, do you have a self-rightous client who does not believe they need to have any accountability for the project outcome and just want to make you look like a criminal?"


I think its quite unfair you don't have a category for the worst Outsourced awful CLIENT of 2008!



You're awful :)

Thanks Phil - this made my day!

Naomi - good idea. How about I ask vendors to get their own clients to opt-in :)

Mark - do such people exist?

Brilliant Phil, simply brilliant.

You could have included "Worst Anal-List Award" for the tight-assed luminary who in an ill-conceived effort to please everyone lacked the wherewithal to truly state an objective and honest opinion about the industry.

Provide some method to reply anonymously and you'll be conducting the most valuable industry survey yet.

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