so I'm in Egypt, doing a sales training for my north african distributors. 2 of them have "factories" in Cairo, and my regional sales manager asks me to come visit their "factories". I am assuming this is a curtosy call. so, I take a tour around these shitholes, these are brick buildings with no plaster, corrogated plastic and tin roofs, with machinary from 50's eastern europe. perfect for what they do, which is make medical disposibles that I never have to deal with, but nothing that I want to have anything to do with. I smile and nod and look impressed.
but here's the thing - my regional sales manager wants me to outsource some manufactuing to these guys, basically because he wants to be "general manager of middle eastern operations" instead of "regional sales manager" and he puts me in a position where he is pushing me to explain why this wouldn't work, in from of these guys whose feeling I don't want to hurt, but I also can't give them the feeling that this could happen soon. so was put in a very uncomfortable position with no warning. not fun. and it could have been a fucking disaster, because hurting their feelings could negativly impact thier sales. fucker.