Friday, July 29, 2005
The ultimate extreme sport is the game of business as played in the western world. A group of people form a team to make money in competition with other teams . The players on the team aren’t loyal to the team. The players must find ways to screw their team members while making money. If a player can screw the other players he / she is rewarded points in the form of an increase in prestige, salary and benefits. The increase in prestige is denoted by a title so the other team members won’t get confused as to who is getting ahead. With the title, comes a call for the losers to become team players. This strategy is effective as it obscures the rules of the sport which has no rules. The team players are now obligated to destroy the screwing player’s advantage of a title, salary and benefits. True competitiveness demands that this action be taken subtly because of the screwing player’s ability to substitute players on the team. Needless to say this means you can’t be a winner if you are substituted. Effective measures for the losers is to work to rule, misinterpret policies and directives, delay implementation and generally lie like hell with a sincere look of concern. The screwing player protects his / her position by not communicating and then claiming the losing players aren’t on the ball. Successful avoidance of responsibility has its’ own rewards. If done with finesse you are marked as someone with potential. You may be rapidly promoted if you can lay the blame on someone else, thereby slowing his or her advancement. On the surface, it would appear that the players would advance forever making millions, however, this isn’t true. Each player’s position in the hierarchy is based on his ability to manipulate the system at that stage. Ultimately, any player will find that he / she has reached his / her potential, but doesn’t have the ability to advance due to lack of ability, bad luck or any other random reason. Looking at the competency to advance situation, one could say that each player has reached his level of incompetence which in time engulfs all members of the organization. Thus the team fails to continue to make money and is eliminated from the tournament.
Posted by Alex at 2:08 PM