Monday, January 10, 2011

thought for the day..

had planned to write something nice and cheerful, but came upon this.. and just felt that it echoed my own cynical attitude so perfectly.. its not about your job, or your boss, or about the saaptware industry, or the desi attitude. Its just the way it is.. everywhere.

http://www.theamericanscholar.org/solitude-and-leadership/


That’s really the great mystery about bureaucracies. Why is it so often that the best people are stuck in the middle and the people who are running things—the leaders—are the mediocrities? Because excellence isn’t usually what gets you up the greasy pole. What gets you up is a talent for maneuvering. Kissing up to the people above you, kicking down to the people below you. Pleasing your teachers, pleasing your superiors, picking a powerful mentor and riding his coattails until it’s time to stab him in the back. Jumping through hoops. Getting along by going along. Being whatever other people want you to be, so that it finally comes to seem that, like the manager of the Central Station, you have nothing inside you at all. Not taking stupid risks like trying to change how things are done or question why they’re done. Just keeping the routine going..

4 comments:

quaintkal said...

i am a borderline cynical these days..so i am happy to have stumbled upon these lines! thanks for sharing.

muddleglum said...

Marvelous essay. Thank you, Tess, for putting me onto it.

And it isn't cynical at all, but a vision of how to get beyond this type of person.

Tess said...

@quintkal- borderline, there's still hope for you, unsubscribe from this blog fast!! :P

@muddleglum - yes, recognition is the first step. But it really takes a lot to recognise things and get beyond them.. lets hope that happens - thanks for adding the practical perspective!

veena said...

quite liked this article. I thought alteast our system of education really holds us back from thinking. It gets worse as u move from school to college....and beyond.