This morning I caught up with Stefan whose project Soocial is really starting to take off. This is fantastic news, they're a wonderful bunch of people and hopefully they'll become the internet superstars they deserve to be.
That was the social or good news.
The anti-social or bad news came in the form of an article by the Washington Post on the use of waterboarding in team building exercises. Apparently the assembled sales team were told:-
"You saw how hard Chad fought for air right there. I want you to go back inside and fight that hard to make sales".
What planet do these people come from? I wonder if Chad's medical insurance covers acts of management insanity?
"You saw how hard Chad fought to avoid being shot. I want you to go back inside and fight that hard to make sales."
What happens if Chad doesn't quite make it?
He also asked whether this would even be an issue "if it weren't for Guantanamo Bay". Let me think about that one - try, yes it is an issue if you go waterboarding your staff in order to make them work harder.
The best line however is when he talks about how this incident is "going to hurt our image". What about your staff?
Save Chad now before it's too late.
Thanks to molumen and Gerald_G for the public domain clipart that I've used and Marilyn Pratt for spotting this.