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!