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By Peter Neville Lewis, Jan 29 2019 10:38AM

In a recent study of 30,000 managers and bosses the repeated top 5 flaws were:

1. Failure to inspire

2. Accepting mediocrity

3. Lacking clear vision

4. Not a team player

5. Doesn’t walk the talk

And the impact on employees?

30% (6%) slow down or make errors on purpose

27% (4%) hide from their boss

33% (9%) don’t put in maximum effort

29% (5%) take time off “sick”

25% (7%) take longer than regular breaks

Sound familiar.....?

NB The figures in brackets are the % when people are treated with respect!

Caring vs jerk managers make a difference - eh?

What else sucks?

• Bad bosses cost the economy c£250 Bn a year in lost productivity – the terrible trickle down effect.

(Ref: Maeghan Quintet)

• 50% of employees who don’t feel valued, plan to look for another job within 12 months.

• 3 out of 4 employees say their boss is the worst most stressful part of their job.

• 65% would take a new boss over a pay rise.


• Good bosses are good teachers and this accounts for a massive 67% of their influence on productivity.

(Ref: Kathryn L Shaw Professor of Economics Stamford University, author of, The Value of Bosses

Motto: Don’t work with a jerk!

Pedro the Jester

Feb 4 2019 11:03AM by George Knight

Sadly it's the oldest problem in business:
Good job/Good boss
Good job/Bad boss
Bad job/Good boss
Bad job/Bad boss

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Why The Corporate Jester?


Because there is always a need to “call it out”, point out the emperor’s clothes may not be quite so fancy as he thinks (or others are telling him) and boldly say what others dare not!


The role of court jester was well known centuries ago and they had the licence to attack pomposity or stupidity in their betters without fear of retribution. (Well nearly!) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have a fool who is the commentator on human foibles – the most famous probably being in King Lear, the architect of his own downfall through his wilfulness.  Familiar?


May not an ass know when the cart draws the horse?  (Fool – King Lear, Act 1 scene 4)