A business engrave danger?
Blog Guy, you’re always way ahead of the curve on business and the economy. I’d love to hear your take on the failure of Lehman Brothers. Panic? Bad investments? Greed?
Nah, it was their business cards.
Excuse me? I read all the Reuters blogs, and nobody else ever mentioned that.
Most of our bloggers are scared to death of the powerful business card engraving industry. But the fact is, near the end Lehman Brothers was issuing business cards that were so massive it took two guys just to carry one, like in the photo above.
That’s not a sound model for staffing levels, but it evolved when our own government officials started one-upping each other with super-sized cards.
Look, I worked in Asia, where presenting your business card was a ritual involving finesse and style. Now look at these ham-handed Lehman cards so big they have to be stored in a fricking coffin.
Thank you for that insight, Blog Guy. I’m surprised you don’t get a better spot on that analysis and opinion page. By the way, this card only says Lehman Brothers. Shouldn’t it have a name and phone number on it?
That’s on the second card. The two guys bringing that one got stuck in traffic.
Top: Christie’s employees pose for a photograph with a Lehman Brothers sign at Christie’s in London, September 24, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Winning
Left: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner places his name card on the table as he testifies before the Congressional Oversight Panel on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 22, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque