Essays

Re: Leave Us Alone

by The Inmate It was steady going all day, yet the feeling at the end was one of pleasure.  The pleasantness was due largely to the presence of Jack, the headup man–a highly competent and soft-spoken person. We did an enormous amount of work yet did not feel driven or frustrated.  It made me realize…

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Re: Corporate Culture and the Medical Profession

by The Inmate The central question to be asked about hospitals–or about doctors for that matter–is whether they inspire the patient with the confidence that he or she is in the right place; whether they enable him to have trust in those who seek to heal him; in short, whether he has the expectation that…

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Re: Interviews and First Dates

by The Escaped Inmate There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired. —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby I’ve been writing recently about the job hunt in general.  Since then, I’ve thought a bit more about the job interview process and its similarity to a first date. First, the job interview…

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Re: Jobs: Fear or Uncertainty?

by The Escaped Inmate There is no overt authority which intimidates us, but we are governed by the fear of the anonymous authority of conformity. . . . —Erich Fromm, The Sane Society Certainty is the region of death, uncertainty the valley of life. —Edmond Jabes, The Book of Yukel Two big factors in the…

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Re: Modern Job Hunting

by The Escaped Inmate . . . employment and unemployment are the two poles of an existence with no escape. —Richard Wright Looking for a job is a rotten experience.  That’s no accident.  After all, most jobs aren’t that great, so employers have to do something to make prospective employees desperate enough to take the…

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Re: A Passion for Mediocrity

by The Inmate In effect, corporate culture programmes are designed to deny or frustrate the development of conditions in which critical reflection is fostered. . . . from the standpoint of the individual, the distancing of self from corporate values may be the preferred means of preserving and asserting self-identity. —Hugh Willmott In  A Passion…

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Re: Star Trek, Inc.

by The Escaped Inmate One of the most popular visions of the future is that of Star Trek.  We’ve seen several variations on the theme – the original series, the original cast films, Next Generation (and its films), Deep Space Nine and, for the hard(warp)core fans, Voyager, novels and even cartoons.  Such remarkable staying power…

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Re: Corporate Clichés

by The Escaped Inmate Clichés and contrivances come to us in forms unbeknownst even to ourselves.  We use them as a shorthand to skirt around responsibility.  They save us the trouble of thinking deeply. —Brent Wade, Company Man I remember a college English Lit class when a classmate asked why Tennyson’s poem In Memoriam A.H.H. …

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Re: Human Resources (of the corporate kind)

by The Escaped Inmate Corporate ethics often seem to swing between two extremes, on the one hand outright ruthless avarice, and on the other a reliance on bland and bloodless middle-class ethics.  The first one usually issues from the boardroom, the second from the Human Resources Department. —David Whyte Many years ago organizations had Personnel…

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Re: Toilet Seats and Rest Rooms

by The Inmate Here in this small state High and low are equal Each one lets down his pants The moral as well as the lax . . . —from a bathroom wall in Germany Most toilet seats were not made for comfort.  This is a disturbing fact considering that all of us spend at…

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