The lunatic boss

Ever worked for a lunatic? Not merely someone with a temper, but egomaniacal, unstable, who has all the power.. I have, and I daresay many of you have as well if you've worked long enough. Many years ago I worked with an Austrian who'd lived in Hong Kong for many years. He'd just been hired as a regional MD, the…

Read More

Mister Martyr

Some of my conversations are with people who have become martyrs at work, much as they doth protest otherwise. They’ll likely contact me to 'explore the market', busy with their job, trading off personal time–and reputation–for the good of the company. Not much left for themselves, and scant time to build their [professional] profile. Many are genuinely sincere and helpful,…

Read More

Hi-po hi-po, it’s outta here I go..

High potentials, "hi-po's", 'our future [company] leaders' in business argot.. The ones corporations ululate over, often for sound reasons. If an organisation has strong internal talent, they should recognise, challenge, motivate, and grow them, allowing such people to flex their muscles whilst building the company. But companies often lose those they want to keep. Why does that happen, given the…

Read More

Those corporate games, Part II

On to Part II, highlighting some of the games at work most of us have experienced, or participated in.. [framed_box] Selective editing Ubiquitous at the office,but some take it to heights that are pernicious or worse. Example: a report or presentation is due, and the only information presented is to support a certain point of view, even if there are…

Read More

HR: value-add or vapour

[framed_box]A man in a hot air balloon realised he was lost. He reduced his altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted: "Excuse me, can you help? I promised a friend I'd meet him an hour ago, but I have no idea where I am." The woman below yelled back at him: "You're in a…

Read More