TCL 35: Separation of Church and Airline

In this week's flight attendant podcast we discuss the recent episode of Undecover Boss which featured the CEO of Frontier Airlines working the line. We discuss:

  • How the show was presented
  • Our opinions on the content and theme of the show
  • And spoke with a Frontier employee on his personal opinion of the show

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Disclaimer: The views expressed are the personal opinions of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of their employers.

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Gemma October 30, 2010 at 03:21 pm

You guys should have Alyssa(its always sunny above the skies) and Krysta(life, as i know it), from blogspot to guest star! I love your podcasts!

I finally had the chance to listen to this podcast on a driving trip this weekend and wanted to point out what, I think , was a rather unfair characterization of Bryan Bedford.

Frontier's 10% paycut didn't occur him and Republic Airways' leadership. That was done during Chapter 11 reorganization and Sean Menke's leadership. He had nothing to do with it and it had nothing to do with harmonizing pay scales between Frontier and the rest of Republic Airways.

I also thought it was poor form to criticize him for his home and balance that against the paycuts of Frontier employees. He had nothing to do with the edit of Undercover Boss and, what's more, his personal life and rewards shouldn't be the criteria for judging his performance as a CEO. Just as your lives and rewards shouldn't be the criteria for judging your performance.

I have mixed reactions to Bryan Bedford as do many. His interjection of his religious beliefs into his business leadership has caused me to raise my eyebrows several times. However, I'll also point out that he's shown a lot more able leadership and agility in the past 3 years than many CEOs in the airline industry.

Will he succeed in leading Frontier and integrating it into the other Republic companies? I really don't know and I think the jury is out on that still. There is no question he and his management team have a lot on their plates and doing that kind of integration is tough even when it goes well.