BLG Leadership Insights

Funny Leadership Cartoon of the Day 5.13.11

Seeing how it’s Friday and most of us are just a touch burnt out, I would imagine we could all use a laugh. Our Funny Leadership Cartoon of the day comes from one of our favorites, Randy Glasbergen (see 4 Funny Cartoons from Randy Glasbergen). Enjoy!

BLG Leadership Insights Leadership On the Edge

11 Companies With The Worst Reputations In America

Making a top 10 list is every company’s dream. You can make up a nice plaque celebrating the accomplishment and hang it next to reception or you can plaster it all over your website and promotional materials.  It’s a way to tell the world: “We’re awesome!”

Then again not all top 10 lists are created equal. There are some that you might want to do everything you can to avoid. One such list is the Huffington Post’s 11 Companies With The Worst Reputations In America which was culled from the backside of the 12th Annual Harris Interactive U.S. Reputation Quotient Survey. According the Huffington Post, Harris got 30,000 Americans to rate the 60 most visible companies in the US using six factors: financial performance, products and services, workplace environment, vision and leadership, social responsibility, and emotional appeal. The results aren’t exactly shocking. The list is a who’s who of corportate screw ups. If you got a massive bailout due to your incompetence and sheer greed or thought it might be a good idea to destroy an ecosystem this list is your home away from home.

I am guessing all of these “winners” will try hard to make this list next year. But seeing how much literal and figurative damage most of them have done… I kinda doubt it.

BLG Leadership Insights

9 (Funny) Leadership Quotes From Euripides to Groucho Marx

It’s important to realize that the ability to laugh at yourself is actually key to having a good life and being a good leader. So take a few minutes off from the pressures of leading and/or being led, and enjoy my top 9 favorite humorous (and often painfully true) quotes on leadership.

1. Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head. – Euripides

2. It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it… anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. – Douglas Adams

3. The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on. – Robert Bloch

4. It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse. – Adlai Stevenson

5. If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. – The Bible

6. You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership. – Dwight Eisenhower

7. A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. – Groucho Marx

8. A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw

9. By trying we can easily endure adversity. Another man’s, I mean. – Mark Twain