July 22, 2005
When "New Management" Attacks

"Get people involved in your training!"

"Build team work around themes!"

"Provide original incentives to set performance goals!"

Which is all well and good (even if it makes "the line" gag every time they hear one of these slogans), but sometimes the middle managers, they get the wrong idea:

The internal campaign, named "Mission Jehad," addressed sales agents as "Dear terrorists" and compared selling life insurance policies to killing people, the Times of India newspaper said.

The posters were used at a meeting of sales agents for the ICICI Prudential Insurance Company in the northern Indian city of Kanpur.

"Kill 10, take a branded T-shirt and be the best terrorist in the group," agents were told on posters ostensibly signed by bin Laden, the newspaper said.

However, (at least this time) India seems to have a rather neat approach to dealing with this particularly lunk-headed set of PHBs: "Police in Kanpur said five employees, including the branch manager, had been arrested Tuesday and charged with sedition."

If only that could happen to them all...

Posted by scott at July 22, 2005 08:28 AM

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If this wasn't so scary it would be funny.

Posted by: Pat on July 22, 2005 09:14 AM

America might be helpless in the grasp of its fifth column, but it seems its seedlings are showing plenty of promise.

Wouldn't want to live there just yet, but then, I really wouldn't want to live in the 19th-century version of the US either.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on July 22, 2005 10:29 AM
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