At some point in our lives we have all used the phrase “I have The Worst Boss Ever,” and I want to help you avoid being THAT person.

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The Antithesis of Candace Doby: J. Bruce Ismay

In our Segment, Check your References, we will be talking to Mary, our resident librarian, who’s got our pick of the Worst Boss from History for the antithesis of Candace Doby. This guy was the worst at being courageous and facing fears.

He was so awful, his fearful business decisions ended up costing 100’s of lives.



S1E1: Finding and Fostering Potential

Fostering potential is one of the greatest investments when building companies. I want to know how my guest, Jennie Dede, Director of Customer Success for Global Accounts at LinkedIn, and expert at finding potential, has learned to use potential. She has made multiple companies hundreds of millions of dollars with this tool.

The Antithesis of Jennie Dede: Mortimer Pullman

In our Segment, Check your References, we will be talking to Mary, our resident librarian, who’s got our pick of the Worst Boss from History for the antithesis of Jennie Dede. This guy was the worst at fostering potential.

So awful, his family worried about his body after he died, and they buried him in the middle of the night, in a lead-lined coffin in a steel-and-concrete vault, which was then covered in several tons of cement.


Gibson, Megan. “Top 10 Worst Bosses.” Time, Time Inc., 18 Oct. 2010, content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2025898_2025900_2025903,00.html.

McNamara, Robert. "The Pullman Strike of 1894." ThoughtCo, Jun. 14, 2018, thoughtco.com/the-pullman-strike-of-1894-1773900.

Millhiser, Ian. “The True Story Of How One Man Shut Down American Commerce To Avoid Paying His Workers A Fair Wage.” ThinkProgress, ThinkProgress, 1 Sept. 2014, thinkprogress.org/the-true-story-of-how-one-man-shut-down-american-commerce-to-avoid-paying-his-workers-a-fair-wage-fe8ff26e236b/.

Urofsky, Melvin I. “George M. Pullman.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 24 Feb. 2018, www.britannica.com/biography/George-M-Pullman.


The value of sensitivity

I wanted to understand how to break down what sensitivity means, in the corporate world, because it is not woo-woo stuff! In a fast pace environment, where details are crucial, my guest Yemisi Yoosuf, Director at a Major Financial Institution, helps us understand what sensitivity really means.

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The Antithesis of Yemisi Yoosuf: Ken Lewis

In our Segment, Check your References, we will be talking to Mary, our resident librarian, who’s got our pick of the Worst Boss from History for the antithesis of Yemisi Yoosuf. This guy was the worst at Sensitivity.

He was so awful, that he ended up making “The Worst Deal in the history of American Finance”


Fitzpatrick, Dan. "BofA's Blunder: $40 Billion-Plus." Wall Street Journal, Jun 30, 2012. ProQuest, https://search.proquest.com/docview/1022672533?accountid=36166.

Greenberg, Herb. “Worst CEO Award Goes to Sears' Lampert.” MarketWatch, MarketWatch, 6 Dec. 2007, www.marketwatch.com/story/worst-ceo-of-the-year.

Maxfield, John. “How Much Did the Financial Crisis Cost Bank of America?” The Motley Fool, The Motley Fool, 12 Dec. 2016, www.fool.com/investing/2016/12/12/how-much-did-the-financial-crisis-cost-bank-of-ame.aspx.

Rothacker, Rick. “The Deal That Cost Bank of America $50 Billion – and Counting.”Charlotteobserver, Charlotte Observer, 17 Aug. 2014, www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/banking/article9151889.html.

Suddath, Randy James and Claire. “Outgoing Bank of America Boss Kenneth Lewis.” Time, Time Inc., 1 Oct. 2009, content.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1927464,00.html.

S1E5: Flexibility as a Teaching Tool

There is a line you can cross where being flexible goes from working for you to working against you. How exactly do we know where to find that line? Giving us some clear guidelines is my guest, social entrepreneur Su Sanni, founder of Dollaride at https://www.dollaride.com/ , and WeDidIt at https://wedid.it/

The Antithesis of Su Sanni: Marissa Mayer

One decision can tarnish a reputation, when you are a high profile leader. Whenever making a Blanket Statement that affects hundreds of people, trouble is sure to follow. Join us in our Check Your References segment, as we compare a leader in history, to our guest the week before.

Book recommendation and sources

Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

by Brigid Schulte 




Works Cited

Bershidsky, Leonid, and Bloomberg Opinion. “Open-Plan Offices Are Making Us Less Social.” Virginian-Pilot, Pilot Media, 20 July 2018, pilotonline.com/life/article_ac787513-5987-5e80-bdc2-8a210fec46bb.html.

Goel, Vindu. “Yahoo's Brain Drain Shows a Loss of Faith Inside the Company.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 19 Jan. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2016/01/11/technology/yahoos-brain-drain-shows-a-loss-of-faith-inside-the-company.html?ref=technology.

Lucas, Suzanne. “Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer Determined to Destroy Employee Morale.” Inc.com, Mansueto Ventures, 25 Feb. 2013, www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/yahoo-ceo-marissa-mayer-determined-to-destroy-employee-morale.html.

“Telecommuting: Marissa Mayer Was Right. And Wrong. | Money.” Money, Time, Inc., 5 June 2014, time.com/money/2791618/telecommuting-what-marissa-mayer-got-right-and-wrong/.

Peck, Emily. “Proof That Working From Home Is Here To Stay: Even Yahoo Still Does It.” The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 7 Dec. 2017, www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/18/the-future-is-happening-now-ok_n_6887998.html.

Spangler, Todd. “Yahoo's False Prophet: How Marissa Mayer Failed to Turn the Company Around.” Variety, Variety, 25 May 2016, variety.com/2016/digital/features/marissa-mayer-yahoo-ceo-1201781310/.

Weinberger, Matt. “The Rise and Fall of Marissa Mayer, from the Once-Beloved CEO of Yahoo to a $4.48 Billion Sale to Verizon.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 13 June 2017, www.businessinsider.com/yahoo-marissa-mayer-rise-and-fall-2017-6.


We are taking a break for the holidays but still wanted to offer something really great to talk about… GRATITUDE in the workplace. And as a special treat, author Cyndie Spiegel reads from her new book, "A Year of Positive Thinking: Daily Inspiration, Wisdom, and Courage."

If you want to see big changes with your team by taking just 10 minutes out of the next 10 days, you’ve gotta try this! (It’s free, why wouldn’t you?)

S1E8: Courage &Fear

When something seems scary, usually it means I'm on the right track of doing something exciting, something that matters to me. I wanted to know if there were steps I could follow to help me understand that fear. To work with it instead of against it. Dynamic speaker, and incredible leader, Candace Doby, has used Courage, not only to inspire corporate teams, but live her life courageously. She helps us to understand that Fear can be just as useful as Courage... maybe even more.