I think it’s a given to most people that American Business as an institution has completely lost its mind over the past several decades, and nothing drives this point home harder than the faddish, holistic management BULLSHIT philosophies that companies buy into. I was thinking about this post, but what’s really spurring me on is one such text that I’m doing some freelance editing on, which is just another in the grand What color is the parachusting man that moved my cheese and is now tossing me fish? tradition. It’s all just so much HORSESHIT, though! Why do people buy into this shit? Why read hundreds of pages of bullshit metaphor about how some leaders are like bears and their teams are like sharks, and then sometimes you have a lamprey and other times you have a mollusk and that’s why letting people wear jeans on friday is always a bad idea and why people who get laid off even as your company posts record profits “just need to understand why their parasols are blue while the people that still have jobs have pink ones!” SERIOUSLY, FUCK THIS SHIT.
If you want to have good employees who are happy, it’s this simple: pay people what they’re worth and treat them well. THAT’S IT. I just saved you $14.95 plus countless hours that would have been wasted in seminars.
All of these books and programs and philosophies are built around the fact that companies don’t want to pay people what they’re worth and don’t want to give them the basic respect and support that they need to do their jobs. These books, programs, and philosophies exist to help them rationalize that behavior.