They do not tolerate workplace gossip at Livingston, Mont.-based PrintingForLess.com.
Which is a good thing, because if they did, somebody would certainly say something hurtful about whoever came up with the system for color-coding employees by their preferred style of communication.
For example, a "red" employee - whose preference for get-to-the-point communication is indicated by a red nameplate on his or her desk - might say, "This is the stupidest idea ever and makes me think they must be doing drugs over in human resources," whereas a "blue" employee, who likes "having all the details and time to process them" would say, "It could be the stupidest idea ever, but I really need to know how they are doing things over at HSN Inc. before I could be certain."
HSN Inc. is the shopping network company where chief executive Mindy Grossman does not need color-coded nameplates to recognize her employees' style of communication.
She only hires one style of employee and that style is staring at himself in a mirror thinking he has stumbled upon his identical twin. Except when he is stuck in the top of a tree after belatedly discovering that he cannot, in fact, fly.
Because Grossman can sum up her hiring philosophy like this: "You only hire Tiggers. You don't hire Eeyores."
Grossman does not explain who on the HSN Inc. board of directors has forced her to stock the entire company with nothing but characters from the Hundred Acre Wood, but if it were up to me, Tigger would be low on the list. As Alan Greenspan might say, enthusiasm is all well and good until somebody gets pushed off the bridge in a bounce of irrational exuberance.
Grossman seems not to have noticed that it is Eeyore who has to talk Tigger down from the tree. Or that, as risk management could not fail to notice, the stuffed tiger is a liability.