TWO BOSSES -- ONE A NURTURING CEO OF AN ALL-FEMALE FIRM,
THE OTHER A TOUGH-TALKING BOSS OF AN ALL-MALE CAR DEALERSHIP WHO WON'T HIRE SALESWOMEN -- SWAP COMPANIES AND MANAGEMENT STYLES, ON ABC'S "BOSS SWAP"
This week in "Silver/Caden," a nurturing, laid back CEO of an all-female promotional merchandise firm swaps companies and management styles with a tough-talking boss of an all-male car dealership who won't hire saleswomen, on 'Boss Swap' -- a special edition of the critically acclaimed reality show, "Wife Swap" -- with the swap this time happening in the workplace instead of the household, MONDAY, MARCH 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Stuart Silver (47) is a tough-talking auto salesman who lives for the deal. He runs Specialty Motors on auto row in Los Angeles, a testosterone-fueled car dealership that specializes in used luxury cars. The only women at Specialty are the receptionists. Stuart doesn't employ them as sales staff because he doesn't think they're up to the job. His cutthroat business acumen drives his all-male sales staff hard. He is a time drill sergeant who has his employees punch a time clock and, if anyone is late, doesn't allow them to work their shift and takes away their bonuses. He also monitors his staff's every move with 30 security cameras. He encourages the high pressure competitiveness by allowing high stakes card games during business hours.
Now Stuart trades in the smell of testosterone and leather bucket seats and swaps places with Kari Caden (30), CEO of Caden Concepts, also in Los Angeles. Kari, along with her second-in-command, sister Lori, runs an all female promotional merchandise firm that creates and arranges giveaways for companies that need their logo on gift items such as bags, shirts, underwear, etc. Kari has a unique laid back management approach: she runs her company like a sorority, treating her co-workers as family and friends in a nurturing, fun work place. The staff comes into work as they please, getting in as late as 10:30 in the morning and leaving early on Fridays at 4:00 p.m., to go shopping. There are no men on the staff. She also treats every staff member to a weekly massage, and the happy, pampered young women hang out with each other after hours.
In the first week of the swap, uptight obsessive worker bee Stuart seethes as he watches the women come in as late as they please and has a tough time adjusting to the country club-like atmosphere. Meanwhile, Kari must put up with the 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. workday, the macho salesmen gambling and the ugly, urine smelling bathroom. But in the second week of the swap the new bosses take charge, as Stuart implements his security cameras, time clock and strict rules on getting to work on time, while Kari cleans up the bathroom with flowers, re-does Stuart's office to her liking and lays out her plans for a nurturing environment by getting rid of the card games and hiring a motivational speaker. Tensions rise at Caden Concepts when Stuart stirs sales competition among the women by pitting teams against each other in order to win a $1000 bonus; meanwhile, Kari's cosmetic changes cause sparks to fly among the staff and, for the first time in her life, she has to fire an employee. The experience has astounding results, as one of the bosses doubles sales in the new company while the other boss decreases sales by 50%.
At the end of the swap, it's judgment time, as the bosses reunite with their seconds-in-command and come face to face across the table to discuss their learning experience. Will Stuart let Kari's flowers stay in the company restroom and change his chauvinistic attitude towards working with women? Will Kari embrace any of Stuart's changes, and will an air of cutthroat competition replace the cozy, country club atmosphere over at Caden Concepts?
"Boss Swap" is an RDF Media production. It was created by Stephen Lambert and is executive-produced by Joe Houlihan and Stephen Lambert of RDF Media ("Faking It" and "Junkyard Wars") and Michael Davies of Diplomatic ("Who Wants to be a Millionaire"). Michael Brennan is the producer and director.
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