Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Perfect Boss?

File this under "um...ok?"

Ever have an employer who could easily be described as a "Hitler" of sorts?

I have to say, I've been lucky when it comes to having great bosses. No, really. I'm serious. Two people stand head-and-shoulders above the rest, since I would describe them more as "mentors", "friends", and "inspirations" than "bosses." There may have been one or two that raised eyebrows, but none were ever totally horrific. But I know others who have not been as fortunate.

Then there is Rosa Mitterer, a 91-year old woman in Germany who was a maid for Hilter himself back in the 1930s at his retreat house in Bavaria. According to this article in the London-based Mail Online, Hitler was the perfect boss and treated her, and her sister - also an employee - well. Mitterer, the last survivor of his staff from the years just prior to the onset of World War II, remarks, "That he had ordered such terrible things, I just couldn't believe it. Even now, I prefer to remember the charming facets of his personality." Right.

Does this mean even the absolute worst of all mankind has the ability to be human? More importantly, does this mean we need to find a new reference for all loathsome bosses?


burning windmill said...

Im my boss, I am rather lovely :-) I do tell me off for having too much time off, im rambling, none of this is making sense.

tired. long day, nasty saturday

José said...


I could do a speach and blah blah blah, but there's a sentence that I think embraces all that is wrong (caused by humans, that is) :
"ignorance is the cause of all bad things"

Kind regards,


P.S. I guess that the real sentence ends with "all evil" but that sounds a bit too dramatic :-)

Christine said...

Or...ignorance is bliss?