Business Diary: For disconnect, read 'we live in a different world'
Tuesday 18 May 2010
The art of euphemism has become a key skill for modern business executives, who can skilfully evade a difficult topic with a bit of well-deployed jargon. The latest example is the word "disconnect", now being used by those who are aware their world view is not shared by, well, the rest of the world. Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive of Goldman Sachs, is one man on top of this game. "We recognise that there is a disconnect between how we view the firm and how the broader public perceives our roles and activities," he says.
Sky takes a leaf out of BT's phone book
Sky has had its differences with BT, not least over the cost of its sports channels. But on one issue, the two companies are very much in agreement. Having watched BT change the time at which its off-peak tariffs begin for phone customers from 6pm to 7pm – pocketing a juicy little profit in the process – Sky has just announced it plans to do exactly the same. So much for consumer choice.
Want a younger man? Google disapproves
Are you an older woman looking for love with a younger man – a "cougar" in modern relationship slang? If so, Google is the wrong place to begin the search. Rather bizarrely, the internet giant has just decided adverts for this niche of the dating market are "non-family safe", which means they will not turn up in your search results. How narrow-minded.
Note to business chiefs: it's good to be boring
Forget The Apprentice, Dragons' Den or any of those other shows that aim to turn leading business figures into celebrities. Opinion pollster Ipsos Mori's research suggests that only 4 per cent of people think personal charisma is an important characteristic for a chief executive to have. Instead, experience – 43 per cent – is the key skill, the British public reckon. So it's fine to be dull, especially if you've been dull for many years.
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