The company needs talent and to believe in itself again! Bring back BK!
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Think what you will of BK and his way of doing things… but he is arguably the most successful sales leader in this industry. I’m guessing he is more interested in his CEO gig at this point than coming back to Pearson 😂
@8zqu+1d7ESe9J. This practice has been around as long as the business has existed. These people know they are being hired to be fired but are trying to milk a year or two more before retirement. No one from outside the industry with any intelligence would join. Its a no-win proposition. Outsiders are always eaten alive from within in one of the greatest back-stabbing industries on the planet because "they don't understand education." So the hangers-on just keep recycling.
They should promote the "King of the South" to a sales leadership position instead of BK. I'll just put that out to a vote.
I see it all the time. High level executives of companies featured in this board for massive layoffs and bankruptcies are hired by competitors to continue their good work. The only things that continue are their failing executive abilities , their great salaries and their zillion dollar bonuses that are given with each new failure.
Blood in the water guy.
It’s publishing. The ENTIRE industry sucks. No one is taking names. The blood in the water and is collective.
Get out if you can.
Hey “blood in the water” guy- calm down. It’s not that serious. LOL
Hey old Pearson Friends,
I can tell you the competition smells blood in the water and are coming after you. You think things are bad now? Just wait.
Leadership at Pearson has been awful for 20-30 years. Difference is in those days they could stuff channels, hold returns, buy companies to cover up missing sales numbers. No one really paid attention to what they did. Those days are over and they actually have to produce. It’s not going so well.
That’s funny but what is funnier is the leadership we currently have.
I saw that performance too! I think it was in San Francisco.
This post is so spot-on true. There is a class of what I would refer to as "professional executive grifters." They have infiltrated most industries.
They are very easy to spot. They bounce from job to job, usually starting this practice in their early 40's. They run their mouths constantly on social media, talking about leadership and how great they are at it. Most came up through sales.
They usually get fired after 18-24 months at every job, but by that time they've made some cash and leave with a nice severance. So they start over. They love the thrill of the chase.
They have great relationships with executive recruiters and are outstanding interviewers.
If they get enough swings at the plate, they'll land a job. Despite what you hear, most people are still amazingly lazy when it comes to truly vetting background. These people are very convincing...until they actually have to do the work and interact with other people.
I can think of a dozen of these people off the top of my head. Most would probably be diagnosed as sociopaths, ( one in 10 Americans are.). This doesn't mean they are dangerous, it just means they couldn't care less about others.
Why are people downvoting this hilarious and obviously satirical comment. BK was the emptiest suit among empty suits, and everyone except for a few blatant yes-yes-yes men (and women) knew it. It was an odd choice made odder still when McGraw Hill ALSO hired him to run its ship a little deeper into the sea. How anyone looked out over the challenging landscape facing the educational course materials space and even once briefly thought “You know what, that loudmouthed, empty headed, social media faker over there is the perfect choice to lead this company out of the wilderness…” is beyond me. But twice? Twice? My theory is his selection was intentional; meant to destroy morale among seasoned (translate experienced and well payed) employees, so they would leave. Here is an upvote sir! Brian, er BK, once appeared in front of the entire company on a stage at a McGraw Hill meeting, seated at a Steinway piano he did not know how to play and…played it! He played a Steinway piano in the middle of a speech! And he was not even slightly trained in playing the piano. A more perfect metaphor for his brand of leadership there never was.