Tread softly

Published: Sep 26 , 2013
Author: Alan Smith

Gordon Brown's, (the Labour parties former leader and British Prime Minister), former spin doctor has revealed how he regularly attempted to discredit the aspiring PM’s rivals by leaking stories about them to the media.

In extracts of a memoir published in the Daily Mail last week, Damian McBride claims he smeared Labour ministers including Charles Clarke and John Reid during Mr Brown's bid to succeed Tony Blair.

Seems like the constant ding-dong between number 10 and 11 was downright nasty and does nothing to endear politicians to an already distrusting British public.

It does not help the current leadership of the Labour party either. Both Ed Miliband and Ed Balls were senior players in Browns team. Whilst they have not been directly implicated it seems they will have questions to answer.

I guess the learning here is to be careful what you and your organization do today as it may come back to bite you in the future.

Steve Jobs left Apple in 1985 after a fall out with his directors and founded NeXt computers. The computers were targeted at the educational market and failed quite spectacularly. Reuters published a piece which publicly slated both NeXt and Jobs, in an overtly personal way.

Wind the clock forward to 1996 and Jobs is now back running Apple and launching new products and services that change the world. One of which was the now ubiquitous Application (App).

When Reuters approached the Apple store with their App, Jobs refused to list it point blank. No discussion.

Being nasty has no place in my view in life or business, not only because it is wrong, it also makes bad sense.

Treading gently does not mean being soft, but it does mean having integrity.

A good measure is if you told your mum what you were about to do, would she approve.

If not have another think.

 Alan Smith


SHARE

blogAuthor

About the author:

Alan Smith
No bio is currently avaliable

Latest Blog:

Squashed

I find this rather difficult to write, as I am a person of some size myself, but I shall press ahead anyway in the fond hope that no one is offended. Recently, on a holiday in the USA, my wife and I found ourselves on an internal flight on a budget US airline. If I share with you at the outset that this airline made Ryanair look like the Savoy hotel of the airline industry, you’ll begin to get the picture. Anyhow, I was allocated seat 4B on a plane that the check-in steward told me was completely full – a middle seat; my wife was in seat 4E – a middle seat on the other side of the aisle. I had missed the bit about pre-booking your seat for $25 a seat; how full was the flight from Phoenix-Mesa to Rapid City going to be, for heaven’s sake? It turned out to be very full. Who knew? As we were waiting to board,...

Latest Tweet:





United States
973.428.1991
usa@scotwork.com
Follow us
cpd.png
voty2016_sign_gold.png