They're like out-of-control teenagers -- flouting authority, spewing abuse, wrecking the car, allowing 10 billion gallons of crude oil to slime up the planet. I am, of course, talking about the world's chief executive officers -- and the bootlicking lackeys who do their dirty work.
The past week has given us ample examples of why these guys (sorry Carol Bartz) should have their BlackBerrys taken away and be forced to wash the car and mow the lawn.
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Admittedly, CEOs in the tech world pale in comparison to those in, say, the tobacco, pharmaceutical, or fossil fuels industries. The latest poster child for Chief Executive Obnoxiousness is BP el jefe Tony Hayward, who is quoted on video as saying, "There's no one who wants this over more than I do. I'd like my life back." (Think Progress shares more, equally ego-centric Haywardisms as well.)
Memo to Tony: Hey a******. We want our Gulf back. Until you can manage that, we think you can skip a few golf dates.
Hayward did issue a damage-control apology two days later. Thanks Tony -- that makes up for everything.
(Side note: After the spill, a wickedly satirical bogus Twitter account for BP's public relations crew sprang up. @BPGlobalPR now boasts 120,000-plus followers and continues to mock the company mercilessly, though it's apparently not true that BP tried to shut it down -- like BP could manage to shut down anything.)
Still, Hayward has some competition from the tech sector. AT&T's Randall Stephenson demonstrated a nifty slime-ball two-step this week. In addition to killing off the concept of unlimited wireless data, possibly forever, his lackeys came down hard on a now-former customer for sending him two (count 'em, two) emails over the course of two weeks.
As said customer, Giorgio Galante, notes on his blog, he sent the emails directly to Stephenson's email address. Neither one was particularly obscene or out of the ordinary. Yet he still got a voice mail from one of Stephenson's toadies, who threatened to send him a cease-and-desist order if he didn't stop emailing Stephenson.