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May. 7th, 2004 | 11:49 pm
mood: amusedamused
music: My cell phone ringing

The more cutthroat and stressed a work environment gets, the more powerful a subtle win-win approach can be. Therefore, (and perversely) it sounds like this would be a good time for me to have a corporate job again. I do get fed up after 6-18 months, but within that time I do well with the office politics1, because of this stubborn, though unremarked, approach:
  • It's all very simple, even if it isn't.
  • My primary goal in any job is to make myself obsolete.
  • My secondary goal is to make other people's jobs less repetitive.2
  • I always do what's "right"3 -- but I don't advertise that.
  • Your problems are interesting to me, because they mean something.
  • If you ask a question, I'll answer.4 If you don't ask, I'll find a way to put the answer somewhere you can discover it yourself. Usually, that involves listening to you until you hear yourself saying the answer.  In the rare event the correct answer is "go to hell", I'll tell you sweetly enough so as you'll look forward to the trip.

  • And most of all, if we interact at all I will make sure you benefit from it.5

  1. I have many weaknesses, of course, but those can go in some other list.
  2. Usually communicated as 'to make their jobs easier' -- but that's not quite accurate in the larger sense, neh? ...You could even say I try to make other people's jobs more abstract!
  3. Acting ethically is 'better for business' in the medium-to-long term, and it makes choices seem easy.
  4. Oddly, this includes rhetorical questions!
  5. Fascinatingly, this has sometimes led to my bosses informally forbidding me from talking to certain people.

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from: foolmonkey
date: May. 8th, 2004 01:02 am (UTC)

You know, I consider you a modern-day philosophical badass. Something which, while I recognize the inherent worth, I am unable to devote necessary time and energy to become. Still, you're one of my heroes. You know, the real life kind. Not the silly fantasy ones. Those are in another category.

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from: triple_entendre
date: May. 8th, 2004 03:24 am (UTC)

If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.

You have a philosophy whether you want one or not, and it takes every bit as much time and energy as the one you might rather have. Dammit.

Same category.


Well, crap. I guess it is a bit ironic that, for reasons totally beyond the scope of this reply, I am in actual fact wearing my superhero outfit as I type this.

*lowers head* *sheepish pause* Uh, thanks.


Holy crap, it's like, I'm a Strongbad Email!

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from: troyworks
date: May. 8th, 2004 01:50 pm (UTC)

We have VERY similar philosophies, except I'm a bit more selfish.

I also choose not to interact with people because I can't entertain them, and/or don't have the time.

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