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I always tell the people who work for me the same thing:

My job is to hold the umbrella so the shit from above doesn't hit you.

Your job is to keep me from having to use it.

Bruce Lynn

My favourite corporate hierarchy illustration is from Gapingvoid with very similar outlook at the heart -


Where have you been all of my (work) life??? I can hardly wait to read your stuff...when I get home and back on Firefox.
Books too.
I too am speechless.
I look forward to many more conversations...


I have heard a related dynamic described by the following riddle:

Q: "Why are organizations like a tree full of monkeys?"

A: "Because from the top looking down all you see are smiling faces, and from the bottom looking up all you see are assholes."

Laura Schroeder

I am speechless.

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