Originally Posted by rgscpat
I have a skull and crossbones black flag with the legend "Commitment to Excellence" as a general parody of motivational slogans and ethics.
Aaaaar we there yet?
Now that right there is funny. Especially given my work history:
Freddie Mac - Multiple Corporate scancals from a former CEO sleeping with his secretary and her promotions to high management, to the final melt down recently.
MCI - Complete loss of management focus while trying to merge with British Telcom (BT) allowing themselves to be outmanuvered and bought up by a High School Gym teacher.
WorldCom (WorldCon ?) A high school Gym teacher that "sold" bandwidth, which was then traded around among partners/subsidaries until it went nowhere, but the "sales" made for huge profits until the scheme fell apart and the company went bankrupt.
Cable and Wireless - Clueless Limey management ruling the company from England like a colony, got taken to the cleaners by WorldCon when they bought MCI's web hosting assets (which MCI/WorldCon had to sell as part of the merger deal). Apparently, the Limey's did zero due dilligence and found they had bought a bunch of empty data centers (big ones) with long term, iron clad leases that cost billions (with a "b") to get out of, finally breaking the companies back.
Common thread? Corrupt/incompetent upper Management? Yep!, but also each of these companies required me and all other employees to attend "Ethics Training". Clearly the employees were the problem and managment had the answer!
A Jolly Roger would at least have been truth in advertising.