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I just want to add Ramalinga raju of Satyam computers India into the list of World's worst bosses because he made a fraud of Rs.8000 crores by which thousands of employees lost their job which creates a bad name for India.
Actually it is quite fitting! Sure, a lot of his actions are scripted and acted out for TV drama, but through interviews with people who were on Hell's Kitchen and some of his other shows, people have said he is ridiculous to work with/for.
I would rather have a chef caring about the quality of the food I ate than one who did not. He yells at the people on Hell's Kitchen so they remember there mistakes and don't make them again. He is kind of like a drill Sergeants in the way he takes on the contestant. And no matter what you see in movies drill Sergeants do care about their people.
Steve Carell from The Office, he is the epitome of bad customer service and leadership, but very funny.
Hell's Kitchen, a show I've watched just a couple of times, is entertainment, and Gordan is playing a caricature of himself. I've seen him on Kitchen Nightmares, where he plays more like himself, trying to help restaurants turnaround. He may lose his temper, but he actually demonstrates that he cares, over and over again. James
He couldn't have been more polite or personable. For worst boss, I'd put my money on Chicago Mayor Richard Daley (or, as I call him, Emperor Lil Richard II). Quite a number of his aides & associates have 'taken one for the team', and are now serving time behind bars. Don't think all of the yelling and cursing in the world would be worse than that!