Airasia, Tony Fernandes, Tassapon Bijleveld

Airasia, Tony Fernandes

The AirAsia F-bomb incident: What would you have done? | Malay Mail

The AirAsia F-bomb incident: What would you have done? | Malay Mail

31/7/2021 6:25:00 AM

The AirAsia F-bomb incident: What would you have done? | Malay Mail

JULY 31 ― It appears social media remains abuzz with the on-going controversy over Thai AirAsia CEO Tassapon Bijleveld 's use of profanity towards a subordinate during a townhall. The public anger is multi-layered as not only was an F-word used, sexism also reared its ugly head. Everything was...

Chances are if you were Fernandes or Aireen, you wouldalsohave to force a grin and hope that a) the awkwardness fades, b) the offending senior party gets his act together and c) the meeting can proceed.To be honest, many companies do not have time to deal with “inappropriate remarks”; there’s already a ton of paperwork as it is on HR’s desks (and it’s usually HR who has to clean up this crap if someone is investigated for uncalled for language).

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To repeat: If a very senior member of the company commits a brain fart, 99.99 per cent of the time people pretend the person was speaking like the Queen of England and the corporate ball keeps on rolling.Of course, if a junior individual talks like Harvey Keitel, then very likely that person will be reprimanded by that senior member for whom profanity cannot be tolerated (and this is only if there isn’t another senior member shooting his mouth off at the same time).

The principle of indirectionNow I recognise all this is far from ideal. However, here’s some friendly advice: Please refrain from calling out someone much senior than you in your organization, even if that person begins sounding like an angry Samuel L. Jackson. headtopics.com

Very few “veteran” executives will take kindly to being rebuked by junior staff; any such staff who tries will likely need to update his/her CV on JobStreet.Better for everyone if we model good corporate language and get the message across “indirectly.” Better for both the senior staff and yourself if you respond to disrespect with respect and goodwill (not unlike what the female staff in the AirAsia zoom meeting did). Better for everyone if you remind everyone in general — and nobody in particular — that good manners and good language can only mean good things for the company.

And if these senior leaders don’t learn that lesson the easy (indirect) way, eventually they’ll learn it the hard (direct) way. I think Bijleveld would agree.*This is the personal opinion of the columnist. Read more: Malay Mail »

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It's a shame..!!! So, how about 'harakiri'.. Leadership by example. It starts from the top It's obvious to me that this culture starts or started from the top...but then again, I really don't care because AA is the last airlines I will take...

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