In my humble opinion Donald Trump the world a great disservice to the business world other day by hiring Joan Rivers as his apprentice.
Truth be told I was never too found of Joan Rivers, it was more of a gut feeling than any rooted behavior. The surgically embellished face and that creepy daughter who was never too far way, didn’t give me a warm fuzzy feeling.
Her behaviour on the Apprentice validated my initial feelings. Insolent, rude, and crazy, the woman seemed to be able to say and do what she liked simply because she was Joan Rivers. To her credit during the show she did come up with many great ideas. Yet her erratic and irrational behaviour muddled any good that came out of her. And her daughter’s behaviour is further testament to bad social behaviour being passed on.
Now listen these two are on TV they have nothing to do with me…so why write about them? Well by DT, (who while pompous, does come across as quite level headed on the show,) selecting Joan as the apprentice, despite her ludicrous behaviour, he further imbedded misguided corporate theory on acceptable behaviour.
In university these days most business courses have a chapter on ethics. In the real world ethics go out of the window. My recent experiences at work have taught me that it really doesn’t matter how people treat other people at work as long as you make good on the two golden rules:
You make the corporation money or at least make a great show of pretending that you do
You don’t ‘knowingly’ do anything illegal
I get it. I get that if your good outweighs your bad, people tend to look at your good. In a corporation that good, is a return on investment. Yet I challenge this misguided conventional wisdom with the thought: by letting people get away with bad managerial behaviour don’t you just propagate the problem? Instead of nipping it in the bud, so that the person can learn and become better, you exacerbate the problem. The problem with the premise is that good leadership and productivity are opposing ideas. And we all know that it just ain’t the truth.
Here’s my call to action: Expect more people: expect more from your leaders, expect more from yourselves, expect more from your work place….
Because I have a feeling if they we as a collective said that people screaming at other people in the name of making money isn’t right….we’d actually make a change.