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John "Bradshaw" Layfield Also Under Consideration

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The Journalreports that Citi is getting ready to nominate four "financial experts, including two former bank chief executives, to be directors as part of the overhaul of the New York company's board." They are: Chuck Prince, Stan O'Neal, Erin Callan and Jimmy Cayne's dealer. No, you wish. The actual asses waiting to be tapped are Jerry Grundhofer, former chief executive of U.S. Bancorp; Michael O'Neill, former CEO of Bank of Hawaii Corp.; and William S. Thompson, former co-head of Pimco, as well as someone with a "risk-management background," most likely a finance professor. Nothing's official yet, it'll all be subject to a shareholder vote (with partial owner US gov expected to raise questions about "the real need for some risk manager prick"), and Meredith Whitney is still said to be in the hopper.


Considerably More Snitches Actually Getting Stitches Around The Office These Days

Last week, we discussed the whistleblower payout awarded to Bradley Birkenfeld, a former UBS employee who single-handedly made the government’s case against the Swiss bank re: tax evasion, scoring the US between $780 million and $5 billion, depending on how much credit you want to give him. Earlier in the month, Birkenfeld secured a $104 million bonus from the IRS for his assistance, though only after a lot of hoop jumping, nearly three years in a federal prison, and several months in a halfway house, prompting us to wonder how much money, if any, it would take to get you to blow the whistle on some colleagues playing it fast and loose with the law,* if you would do time for it, and, if so, how much? Today brings one more issue to consider, should you be seriously considering teaching your coworkers a lesson they'll never forget, which is: are you will to get your face rearranged and/or have your hand stapled to your desk? Because it will probably come to that. “The number one weapon used at work is the fist,” says Larry Barton, a professor and leading expert in workplace violence who estimates more than 1.2 million Americans were assaulted at work by a coworker in the past calendar year. The second most popular weapon? The stapler on your desk. A new report from the Ethics Resource Center shows that physical violence at work as retaliation against whistle blowing is on the rise. Since 2009, the percentage of people who’ve reported misconduct at work and were victims of physical harm jumped more than 25%. By these tallies, both fists and staplers have been getting quite the workout. Just something to think about. When Snitches Get Stitches: Physical Violence As Workplace Retaliation On The Rise [Forbes via Heidi Moore] *Be it securities laws or simply workplace etiquette, i.e. don't grab someone to chat for "just a quick sec" when they're clearly heading out the door to flee this asylum for the night.