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Making A Living

In “Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest“, Peter Block comically states:

No one should be able to make a living simply planning, watching, controlling, or evaluating the actions of others.

If corpo granite heads everywhere took that statement to heart (which they can’t, and thus won’t), they’d eliminate themselves and all the layers below them in an instant – poof! Alas, that ain’t gonna happen cuz someone’s gotta look pretty, run the show, and suck up the dough. Seriously, someone really does have to run the show to keep the CCF viable.

Actually, the dudes in the penthouse have others do the PWCE dirty work for them. The thugs in middle management and the pure overhead departments like Human Resources, Quality Assurance, Configuration Management, and Accounting serve nicely as the lower level sensors, alarm detectors, and actuators in the system. Because of this sleight of hand, the DICforce often targets their ire at those “support” functions and not where it rightfully ought to be targeted – the high priests living it up in the self-congratulatory head shed.

  1. fishead
    May 11, 2010 at 9:27 am
    • May 12, 2010 at 4:53 am

      Awesome find Fishead, thanks! I love how Simon said that people followed M. L. King because he “had a dream”, not because he “had a plan”. Brilliant.

      BTW, should you change your name to Baconhead?

      • Baconhead
        May 12, 2010 at 8:13 am

        the ‘why’–because bacon is the most awesomely satisfying foodgroup in the entire world.

        the ‘how’–by simultaneously stimulating both the mouth feel joy from consuming glorious fat-laced proteins, mixed with the savory saltyness of freshly broiled porcine crisps, combined with the gratifying crunchiness that our brain equates with everlasting goodness.

        the ‘what’–why thickly sliced, smoke-cured, maple-flavored, oganically grown, humanly raised, crisply strips of awesomeness.

  2. May 12, 2010 at 9:36 am

    You learned the Sinek lesson. Lead from the inside-out, not the outside-in. Very good grasshoppa.

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