Today in Terrible Bosses: Dave Ramses II

There are moments when I realize that I am somewhat out of touch with mainstream America. Like when I read a headline about Dave Ramsey and my immediate response is, “Oh, yeah, is that the founder of Wendy’s?” In case you, like me, have been somewhat out of it, living on the coasts for a while or whatever, the answer is no. Dave Ramsey is an incredibly successful conservative Christian financial advice guru:

famous for his gospel of “financial peace,” “Biblically based, common sense” wisdom on debt, investing, and retirement. Exploding out of the evangelical Christian world and onto the national stage, he has sold millions of books, hosts a popular radio show, and runs an organization that boasts more than 400 employees. Eight million people listen to The Dave Ramsey Show, 400 publications run his “Dave Says” column, and more than 2 million families have participated in Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. According to Ramsey, his Lampo Group sells “hope,” and that business has given him an estimated net worth of $55 million.

Wow, “hope” is pretty damn lucrative. But as this Daily Beast profile relates, in giddy detail, no amount of money can make a sensitive person immune to criticism or a crazy person less crazy. His disproportionately enraged response to “negative chatter” has some of his staff calling him Dave “Ramses II.” Which, of course, only makes him angrier. And then somehow Jesus gets involved?

Should You Buy a Holiday Gift for Your Boss?

Do a Google search for "presents for bosses" or "etiquette for bosses present," and there is no shortage of articles ready to dispense advice. On one hand, accepted etiquette through the years has been that presents in professional settings should flow down the command chain, not up.

Bosses I Have Had

The Salesman The Salesman was an older gentleman with a smoker’s cough and a bad gossip-site habit. He read Perez Hilton every day at 4 p.m., for one hour, while cackling and reading tidbits out loud over my cubicle wall. He left the office promptly at five, often with his manager, a brusque but nice woman with a penchant for pantsuits, usually off to a bar around the corner to have a cocktail and dish before getting on the BART and heading back to San Francisco’s East Bay. As bosses go, he was one of the best I’ve had: low maintenance, trusting, out of my hair. His teeth were the worst I’ve seen, jagged and brown, but he had a nice smile, a quick laugh and shared my passion for sotto voce gossip, shared in quick bursts every hour. Usually, our subject was the head of sales, a pompous jackass who spent the entire year I worked there calling me Heather. The Salesman used to joke that he came with the building, and for a while, I believed him.

Who’s the Boss?

Letters of Note posted a really great exchange between famed photographer Annie Leibovitz and Rolling Stone co-founder and publisher Jan Wenner regarding Leibovitz's contract with the magazine in 1982.

Interview With Someone Who Farted In Front of Her Boss

Okay, so you had something traumatic happen to you yesterday. But before we get into the incident itself, can you set the scene? Where were you? Who was present?