first_img Comments are closed. GuruOn 3 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. This week’s guruA boss who behaves badly is all they wantPartaking in management courses is clearly a waste of time. Forget being aninspirational and sensitive leader, your staff want a boss who is “one ofthe lads”. Gary, the lager-swilling star of Men Behaving Badly, has topped a poll offantasy bosses. Almost a quarter of those who took part said the BBC sitcom’slovable slob, played by Martin Clunes, is their ideal for a boss. Employees are clearly masochistic as well with 15 per cent of the 3,000people who voted in the workthing survey wanting a boss like Basil Fawlty –John Cleese’s highly-strung hotel owner. The prospect of Basil being held up asan example of good leadership sent shivers down Guru’s spine – just ask Manuelbut don’t mention the war. Corus defines ‘interesting’ It appears that lingo bingo is catching on (Guru 19 June). At a recentCreate conference, Kees Blokland, director of personnel development at Corus,kicked off a panel discussion by distributing a sheet of some of the worstexamples of corporate slang. He suggested as delegates heard the clichés they should cross them off. Towin they should stand up and shout “Bingo” or “Bullshit” asthey crossed off the last one. Blokland came up with a few more crackingexamples – the only constant is change, managers must become coaches, cascadingthe message and let’s turn this problem into an opportunity. Also, have you heard the one about the Englishman, the American and theDutchman? Well according to Blokland, the Englishman is a repressed beast. Whena Dutchman describes a bit of business as “bloody good”, an Englishperson says “not bad at all”. When an American says some-thing is”bad”, a Dutchman says “we need an in-depth discussion”,and the English-man murmurs “interesting”. Guru feels the differing semantics during Corus’ recent redundancydiscussions might have made “interesting” listening. Age, where is thy sting? With advancing years and a receding hairline, Guru has come to realise thatage is no laughing matter. Ian McCartney, the new minister for pensions, is also having to come toterms with this. Speaking at the Employers’ Forum on Age Annual Conference inLondon last week, he was about to shoot out a round of one-liners at theexpense of the old when he noticed the title of the event – Age: No Longer aLaughing Matter. McCartney quickly explained to the audience, “Well that cuts at least15 jokes from my speech then.” Working late may have its perksIf Guru had a pound for every time the phrase “work-life balance”has been mentioned in the HR press, he’d have £18,342. So Guru was glad to seethat someone has come up with an alternative approach to addressing theproblems of long hours work culture. Antony Dixon from High Wycombe has designed a desk that turns into a bed – aBesk. Far from going home at a reasonable hour to see the kids, he believes theway forward is to sleep in the office in comfort. Unsurprisingly, the bed has not been well received by workplace experts. Oneleading psychologist commented, “Britons are known as working the longesthours in Europe and being among the most stressed. I feel the Besk will add tothis.” Previous Article Next Articlelast_img