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The meaning of Guergis


 

I’m not sure there’s much of anything to be learned from last week’s unpleasantness, but Susan Delacourt sees some significance.

This explains, and I don’t say this lightly, why some people in government have a hard time finding jobs after politics. Employers in the private sector, for the most part,  actually have little use for folks with highly developed skills in haranguing, bullying and intimidating people. The “communications experts” who believe that you can  manage the media with threats, for instance, aren’t so much in demand outside politics.  In short, the methods that some political people use to get their own way here  are not transferable to the private workplace, unless you  have career aspirations in the direction of  pro wrestling.

The sad thing about Guergis’s tantrum is that in Ottawa, it almost looks like business as usual.   Fifty yards away from Parliament Hill, as the old saying goes, it’s a little harder to get away with this nonsense.

Glen Pearson draws lessons too.


 

The meaning of Guergis

  1. Ridiculous. Many people in all walks of life try to get what they want by bludgeoning and yelling their way to wards it, with varying degrees of success.

  2. Ex-Pols have trouble getting jobs after politics? On what planet?

    • Depends on expectations.

      I expect the nature of any cabinet minister would be to want something with quite a bit of responsibility and power. However, a lot of cabinet ministers, especially in this government, don't have a lot of real world experience on their resumes outside politics.

      Government relations/lobbyist firms, writing or teaching, no problem. Getting a plain old job, also probably not a problem. Getting a job that they think is worthy of them, is a matter entirely of the ego.

  3. Have to agree, this is a completely ridiculous premise.

    Employers in the private sector, for the most part, actually have little use for folks with highly developed skills in haranguing, bullying and intimidating people.

    I'm pretty sure this is untrue as well. Besides, ex-politicians have something you just can't put a price on…their Rolodex.

    • I don't have much experience of office politics, where it could be a useful attribute. But in the blue collar world at any rate, it's hardly permissable anymore…not even in the oil patch can the tool push bully you to death without consequences eventually.

      • And, if you'd like to examine management problems and their solutions in the white collar world, might I just direct your attention to the Rights and Democracy gong show?

  4. "This explains, and I don't say this lightly, why some people in government have a hard time finding jobs after politics. Employers in the private sector, for the most part, actually have little use for folks with highly developed skills in haranguing, bullying and intimidating people. "

    Exactly, which is also why it's generally not such a good idea to put government people in charge of large chunks of the private sector.

  5. "This explains, and I don't say this lightly, why some people in government have a hard time finding jobs after politics."

    Sandra (Dee) Buckler reads post and turns bright red.

  6. Bullies think they can push their way out of what they don't like or into what they want. I see this exposure as important in creating awareness in the public of how a woman with this attitude could get into an advisory position on women's issues. I hope the press keep looking into these types of abuse of power.

  7. Sheila Copps once said in parliament that she, a former Ottawa Citizen reporter, and others would be making a lot more outside parliament. After parliament, she became a part time columnist for the Hill, and an actress at community theatre. I think she was who Delacourt had in mind.

  8. One has to question the management style of the PM, that he tolerates and condones such poor behaviour of his Ministers and backbench. This is not the first instance of a member of Team Harper loosing control in public domain. What is the root cause of this bad trend? Are these outbursts a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder, a consequence of serving in this PM. Given the high rate of turnover in Harper's backroom and some sitting MPs to retire, one has to wonder how difficult it must be to be a foot soldier in Harper's army!

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