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How Not to Run a Business

Every now and then you will meet a person who is so deluded about themselves that no feedback gets through. When this happens heed the early warning signals and run like hell. Things will not get better with time. Amy from Amy’s Baking Company is a prime example of such a walking nightmare.

This episode from Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares is about 41 minutes long and it’s worth the time investment. If you simply cannot invest that much time bookmark this post for later or at the very least watch the first 6 minutes to understand what we are talking about here. Amy and Samy Bouzaglo scream obscenities at customers who dare to point out the food is dreadfully bad and at employees for merely trying to do their jobs in a nightmarish work environment. They also pocket the tips left for their wait staff.

Samy is facing possible deportation for drug and extortion charges.

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Sheryl Sandberg’s best-seller, Lean In, has been all the media rage for the past few months. Prior to this Sheryl had acquired a well-deserved reputation as a scold who spent her Facebook work hours admonishing men to step down and make way for the Sheryls of the world. Not surprisingly, men being the chauvinist pigs that they are felt that the book had little to offer them.

Well, not anymore. Now there’s a Lean In for Men and guys being guys, we don’t need a book to belabor a simple concept such as “lean in.” We can manage with a one-page manifesto. So, here it is:

The Lean In for Men Manifesto!

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