DIARY: Be warned. Slagging off your boss may be fun, but it’s also risky

In advertising, as with any other business, people like to slag off their bosses. ‘I despise the ground he slithers upon,’ people might say. ‘She’s a tight-fisted old boot,’ they might declare, after a fruitless salary appraisal.

In advertising, as with any other business, people like to slag off

their bosses. ‘I despise the ground he slithers upon,’ people might say.

‘She’s a tight-fisted old boot,’ they might declare, after a fruitless

salary appraisal.



And normally people get away with it, because they are shrewd enough not

to hold that sort of conversation within earshot of said boss. Or said

boss’s friend.



Unfortunately for a couple of staffers at Mellors Reay and Partners,

they were overheard having a rather colourful exchange on a train

recently, when they were heading north to see their client, Ross Young.



Sat only too close to them was one John Farrell, group chairman of DMB&B

and, you’ve guessed it, a pal of Carol Reay, chief executive of Mellors

Reay.



Sources tell us that, among numerous spicy titbits, the conversation

included particularly scurrilous character assassinations of some major

agency players.



Upon his return to London, Farrell evidently bumped into Reay that same

evening and shared his experience with his old friend.



Versions of the consequences of this sorry tale range from the instant

dismissal of the duo, to one of them being unceremoniously dismissed and

the other swiftly taking up a post at an alternative agency.



The morals of the story are: 1. Don’t get on a train with John Farrell

(memorise above pic), and 2. Don’t say anything nasty about your boss.

Ever. Love you, Stef.



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