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At a certain level workers and customers can “no longer be rewarded with money,” another industry insider says. But incentives outside the ordinary pay raise or bonus are not simply a question of hierarchy, event specialist Eisner says. The likelihood of such perks is higher for certain roles…Sexual incentives are a special cementing agent, and thus particularly interesting from a managerial perspective…Meanwhile corporate orgies have grown in popularity. There are agencies that specialize in organizing events similar to the Mannheimer International sex party in Budapest. [Spiegel via BI, earlier]

Last week it was reported that in 2007, executives with Munich Re subsidiary Ergo Versicherungsgruppe came up with the idea to throw a party for top performing sales executives at a bathhouse, featuring a bunch of prostitutes for their consumption. Because such events have the potential to devolve into mass chaos, with buyers and sellers running amok and no one knowing who’s down for what, the Germans had the bright idea to keep order via color-coding. Each hooker would wear an armband, with yellow indicating “available for sexual favors,” red indicating that she was a hostess and white indicating that she was “reserved for executives and top agents.” Additionally, the girls also received a “stamp” following each visit to one of the curtained canopied beds, so party-goers could know how many times she’d been “frequented.” When the story came out, a spokesman for the company said in a statement that incentive trips for successful salespeople “definitely don’t usually proceed the way it’s described.” Apparently he was just kidding because according to Ergo employees, that’s exactly how they “usually” proceed, and were going to keep proceeding, until someone had to go and ruin thing for the whole group. Read more »

Everyone here meet or beat their sales goals.

Yesterday it was reported that in 2007, executives with Munich Re subsidiary Ergo Versicherungsgruppe came up with the idea to throw a party for top performing sales executives at a bathhouse, featuring a bunch of prostitutes for their consumption. Perhaps having heard that gatherings like this can often devolve into chaos and confusion, or maybe it was just German fastidiousness, the organizers decided to color-code the event. Each hooker would wear an armband, with yellow indicating “available for sexual favors,” red indicating that she was a hostess and white indicating that she was “reserved for executives and top agents.” The girls also received a “stamp” following each visit to one of the curtained canopied beds, so party-goers could know how many times she’d been “frequented.” The story is just coming out now because supposedly very senior management only recently heard about it. Which apparently means that some people don’t keep up with the company newsletter, where a recounting of the event amazingly took place way back then. Read more »

The fellow pictured at left is 28 year-old German banker Steffen Korbach. He looks pretty happy because he’s got that cool shirt on and because the photo was taken prior to his totaling a £1.4million Pagani Zonda F Clubsport Roadster (only one of 25 in the world). Let’s hear his story. Read more »

When one considers the many, many reasons to admire Stephen Schwarzman, difficulty arises in keeping the list to a manageable length. An abridged version, a mere fraction of his attributes, would include building Blackstone with own two hands, his support of literacy, his vision and execution in creating Yale’s first Ballet Society, his passion as it relates to the carried interest debate, on which he is not afraid to speak his mind, and his undying commitment to do right by clients.

Today another bullet point must be added, with regard to this: Read more »

  • 08 Nov 2010 at 1:58 PM

Layoffs Watch ’10: Deutsche Bank

Cuts going down circa now. Read more »

  • 18 May 2010 at 5:20 PM

Germans Ban on Naked Short-Selling Just Fueling More Fear

Germany said “auf Wiedersehen” to naked short selling, but it appears the ban is doing nothing but raising fears that Europe is in the midst of a financial crisis of its own. Traders are already clamoring to close out open positions, but who knows if the ban will really prevent a financial calamity. Read more »