Leadership

The world's worst bosses (real and imagined)

Tony Hayward, CEO of BP

If you work for this guy, you have to be leery of his cost-savings initiatives. He also wins the prize for worst corporate spin/lingo ever by his renaming the boats of all the fishermen cheated out of their livelihoods--Vessels of Opportunity.

Photo credit: BP

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11 comments
fishystory
fishystory

I think the 'Swearing Chef' or 'Scathing Chef' would be a more befitting title for Gordon Ramsey.

mikef
mikef

Pompous Donald Trump!

Amvignesh
Amvignesh

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.

Drew M
Drew M

could anyone imagine a better world? :P

travissutton
travissutton

That's sad you put Gordon with Hitler & Osama.

jboughton29
jboughton29

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.

blcslv
blcslv

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.

bckerr
bckerr

Steve Carell from The Office, he is the epitome of bad customer service and leadership, but very funny.

JamesRL
JamesRL

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

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

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!