Identity Crisis

I received an email from a very indignant man recently demanding to be removed from my mailing list on the basis I was ‘no longer a serious business player’.

(Why he couldn’t have just clicked on the ‘unsubscribe’ button and spared me his negativity is beyond me)

But I did have to pause and have a chuckle at just what a ‘serious business player’ actually is…

Maybe the Chief Execs of HMV, Jessops or Blockbuster considered themselves ‘serious business players’ – at least until recently.

And definitely the Chief Execs of all the banks were VERY serious business players – well, up until September 2008.

Then there was the head of BP.  Very definitely a serious business player at the helm of a very serious global business – until his company killed all the wildlife off the shores of the US, thanks to cost-cutting.

And now there’s Tesco – a very serious very big business player indeed – except they’ve screwed their suppliers so far to the floor on price with the result that horse meat is finding its way into Tesco own-burgers.

Truly folks, I believe we are at the end of the era of the so called ‘serious business player’ – because the world of SMEs I live in (which actually makes up 99% of the business community) is on the whole about collaboration, respect, valuing one another, transparency, honesty and ethical values.  Oh, yes, and ENJOYING creating great value – in a world where pinstripe dinosaurs are rapidly becoming extinct.

So, farewell from my tribe Mr ‘Serious Business Player’.

You never were much fun to have around anyway!


2 thoughts on “Identity Crisis

  1. You tell him Rachel – nice one! Last year was a horrible year for business wasn’t it? I hope 2013 will be better for all of us.

    I like the fact that you are a genuine person and I would love to work with you if we had spare money in the bank!

    Best Regards,


  2. Lol sounds like he is trying to over compensate for something! Let the players continue to play and fall while you get on with business.

    In our current climate it is SME’s that are the future, the seedlings that are small enough to adapt and grow on infertile ground. I think you are playing in exactly the right sandpit, good riddance, it is people like that that ruin the game for others!

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