June 10th, 2003


Throwing the Elephant

I’ve just finished reading Throwing the Elephant : Zen and the Art of Managing Up by Stanley Bing. This book was presented to me as a useful tool to help in my management career. Let me tell you right now that this book is not serious. That was the first mistake I made reading it, taking it seriously. It’s serious like Dilbert is serious; that is, it’s right on the money, but exaggerated enough to take the sting out. Anyway. Once I finally got past the helpful-but-only-by-being-sarcastic part, I laughed a lot. Managers are very much like elephants. I can’t wait to do my first quick battle where I rip my boss’ heart out and put it back after I get what I want so he can forget. Oh wait, I do that now. I guess I’m just ahead of my time.

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