the popular ones
Let me explain;
Perhaps morons is a harsh term to use, although in my experience I have seen more than enough examples to justify the term. However, I’d like to believe that at certain levels there is a degree of intelligence and common sense which unfortunately disappears down the ranks as we get to the middle management level where the morons are most densely populated!
The typical hierarchy within larger organisations typically looks something like this:
[Board of Directors]
(these are usually divided into different business functions)
(For each business function)
[Pond Life – aka the people on the floor generating money for the organisation!!]
It’s when we get to the Regional Director level and below the morons start to surface, each level creating pointless and time wasting work for everyone else below them in the corporate food chain, in an attempt to hide the fact that any company or corporation could function so much better (at least in my opinion) if some of these levels were cut out of the system.
The majority of their time is spent in meetings, (perhaps due to a degree of loneliness!!) compiling sales figures, and performance reports on the people below them, neither of which create anything of value or contribute to increased performance or productivity. In fact these control measures waste time and reduce productivity and performance as well as employee morale! Why did these people forget the fact that happy people are productive people?
I struggled for a long time to understand how these middle management roles remained such a firm part of the corporate structure when in natural fact they are not really serving much of a purpose other than to force some level of control on the unfortunate people beneath them and create tension and unnecessary pressure as a way of proving to their equally pointless boss that they are doing something of value!!
That in itself is not the reason for me to refer to them as morons, nor do I blame them for being trapped in a flawed system. We all need a roof over our heads, food on the table and the means to provide for our families.
It’s when hey start to pass on their “golden nuggets” of wisdom that their lack of intelligence becomes abundantly clear. The only conclusion I can draw from this, is that their training (brainwashing) involves the act of memorizing certain phrases and quotes, most of which are re-hashed versions of some management self help book they half heartedly read a few pages from!
Let me give you a few examples starting with the one that makes me cringe the most:
“What are you going to do differently next time?”
Whenever I am asked that question I get an incredible urge to stab myself with a pen or whatever else is in close proximity!! Why show your team how to do better when you can simply pass the blame onto them?? Why lead from the front??
“It takes 21 days to change a habit”
I don’t really know why this is such a particular favourite of middle managers but I have yet to see any evidence of this fact and I doubt I ever will, simply because that statement is yet another example of the “one size fits all” approach used in the majority of the self help/personal development arena. Even more frustrating is the fact that they never offer any advice on how to change a habit (21 days or not) but instead just rattle off the statement and move on to the next one!!!
I have countless examples of these..
The real reason they are able to hide their incompetence behind this bizarre language of management speak, which at the best of times can best be described as meaningless drivel, is because the pond life (that includes me) below them are either too brainwashed or too stupid to see what’s going on or because they are too afraid to challenge or question this out of fear of being outcast for not conforming to the rules or out of fear of losing a desperately needed income!
I fall into the latter category, although I am sure that some people may want to put me into the first category too!
A more important point to factor into this, is the fact that, assuming that the middle management have some degree of intelligence, they must know that they do not serve much of a purpose and with that realisation they have to work very hard to protect the flaws of the corporate hierarchy in order to keep their job. That obviously means that whenever someone challenges the flaws of the system they are often seen as a threat which is when the bullying tactics are employed until the “threat” either resigns or conforms to the system. Resignation is the most common result!
I have spent the best part of four years fighting against a system I naïvely thought I could change for the better as long as I could get other people to see the flaws of the corporate hierarchy. What I failed to understand until now is the amount of work that goes into protecting these flaws, which leaves me very little choice;
I can either get out of of the corporate world or find a way of playing the corporate game while staying true to my values.
Wish me luck……..I have a feeling I may need it!!
Although this blog is a new beginning, I am not new to the concept of blogging or writing a blog. I have for the past couple of years kept another blog, which after a year or so became my favourite waste of time. A blog through which I made some tremendously wonderful friends who I hope will one day come by and visit. That blog covered a period of my life during which I began to wake up from the hibernation of trying to belong to modern society combined with a continuous search for the magic pills promised by a lot of the self help on offer. This was a journey of many mistakes and setbacks in my life largely due to naïvety on my part. However, in hindsight, I realise that it was an important part of my journey.
However, this was by no means an easy journey (hear the violins in the background???) and to tell you that all is now peachy, would be a blatant lie. I still have endless unanswered questions and often struggle to understand why things are the way they are with very few people questioning things.
The reason I decided to start this instead of carry on writing on my other blogs is partly because I often felt restricted but more importantly I let someone in my physical world have access, who I subsequently discovered was a person I could not trust the result of which would lead to far too much self censoring.
Now, let me give you an idea of what ingredients a mixed mind salad may contain:
Anxiety & Depression often befriends me and writing about it seems to help finding my way out of that fog
The Highly Sensitive Person which is a concept I have only recently become familiar with
Questioning the Status Quo (or in most cases rants) especially about life in the corporate world and modern society
You may find the odd review of books and various other material that I find helpful
From time to time it may be nothing other than pure word salad (thoughts flying around in my head)
Other ingredients will no doubt be added as my journey continues
Now you know what the ingredients are, I suspect I shall be pretty much writing for my own benefit but if you choose to stick around please stay for as long as you like and know that you are always welcome.
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