Always Be Breathing

baldwin_glengarry_glen_ross.jpgThe hoary maxim of the sales field, ABC — Always Be Closing — was admirably explicated by Alec Baldwin in the film “Glengarry Glen Ross.” Though as loathsome as the “Fuck you! That’s my name” character Baldwin portrayed (“third prize is you’re fired!”), he has some stiff competition from Joshua Christopherson, a Utah man who is being sued after waterboarding an employee during a team-building exercise.

According to the suit, Hudges [the employee] was told to lay down with his head downward and the sales team held him by his arms and feet as Christopherson poured water from a gallon jug over his face. This had allegedly happened on a hill near the company office.

“At the conclusion of his abusive demonstration, Christopherson told the team that he wanted them to work as hard on making sales as Chad had worked to breathe while he was being waterboarded,” the suit according to the Utah news paper.

Wow, that’s a far cry from dropping the fat guy during the trust circle! And of course the president of the company, Prosper Inc., which is a motivational coaching business (!) denies the allegations and calls them “sensationalized.” Still. If the leadership techniques of our “CEO president” have trickled this far into the public sector, I’ll remain unmotivated if you please, and take my third prize pink slip. [eNews 2.0]

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2 Responses to Always Be Breathing

  1. Jane says:

    This should also be tagged as “reasons Jane doesn’t have an office job”.

  2. ephemerist says:

    You don’t want to volunteer for the waterboarding Jane? There’s no I in TEAM!

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