As one of the young men’s fashion buyers at The Bon Marche in Seattle, now Macy’s, it seemed like every other word that came out of our mouths was a swear word! At the time, our CEO at the Bon was a hard charging merchant and an equally hard charging drinker who loved a good party. All of us thought of him as a great role model in the world of retail. We had a great time but our moral compasses weren’t exactly on tract. That’s not to say we weren’t ethical because we were but in sense, we worked in a dysfunctional workplace. We all were young and thought this hard charging manner was the way we should act in business. Of course, this wasn’t true.
The moral of this story, regardless of what you may think, the CEO of a company always sets to tone for the culture of the company.