As my last post suggests, I am working today to get my in-box in some semblance of order (I am under 200 emails to deal with in my in-box, down from 400 a few hours ago). I just ran into an email I got about five weeks ago about a CEO who was a certified asshole. As regular readers of this blog know, one of the studies I love is the "Cookie Experiment" reported by Dacher Keltner and Deb Gruenfeld. It showed that giving people a little power over others led them to eat more than their share of cookies, eat with their mouths open, and leave more crumbs.
In this vein, here a reader's a story about the hissy fit her CEO had because one of his colleagues had eaten the last cookie.
The "Bad Christian" Attack.
This person professed to be an avowed Christian, and was on the board of directors of a major Christian publication. At times he even resorted to holding prayer meetings in the board room. One day he went to the executive kitchen to fetch a cookie, only to find out his favorite box of cookies was no longer to be found. After relentless quizzing of the administrative staff one person indicated they had seen a particular person go into the kitchen. This person, also an avowed Christian, but one who walked the talk, was singled out for persecution. He was called into the board room and accused of being a "bad Christian" for eating the last cookie. Up until that point the executive staff in the "front office" all had rights to use the executive kitchen at their discretion. Following the cookie incident the executive kitchen was for the exclusive use of the CEO, COO, and vice presidents.
I find this both sad and funny. If you have any stories about how bosses or other people in power exhibited selfish, pigish, or otherwise weird behavior around food, please share them us.
P.S. Yes, that is a Girl Scout Samoa. If you are in Northern California, remember that booth sales for Girl Scouts Cookies start today. See Marina's post.