JournalismPakistan.com June 27, 2013
When you write a daily column you never quite know what will resonate with people. You can be wildly wrong. I wrote a piece the other day about not feeling bad for a creepy little ex-boss being in trouble and several folks called to ask me if it was so and so. Crazy guesses, totally left field and I was so intrigued that it would be worthy of so much conjecture.
You know why? Because you know the person. If you have been working ten years you have met him. He is the boss who makes mighty sacrifices. You.
There is always someone to blame, to set up for the sacrifice, take the fall, whatever. And then he displays great regret and remorse and says his trust was misused and really, what else but to dismiss the person below him and clean out the stables and do the right thing.
Do the right thing???????????????? All he does is fire the gun off someone else's shoulders.
And what is awesomely absurd is that the owners or the board or shareholders, whoever is his boss, they don’t figure out the pattern. Can’t they see it? The same thing repeats itself but the leader of the pack is never at fault. He always has a convenient human ‘escape’ route. And you think, hey there, you guys are successful and rich and smart and this has happened ten times this year and you still don’t figure it out. How can you let anyone con you for so long? How can these men and women of power be so dense and so successful?
It is common sense. He has to be responsible for the mess every time the mess occurs. He can’t always duck it…but he does. Hold an inquiry, make a report, reassess the staff, find someone to sell out. Who knows, you might be working for ‘him’ right now.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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