There's an interesting psychological analysis of Rod Blagojevich in today's NY Times. In it lies a case study of which we should all be aware, with implications for each and every person who still has the privilege of going to a job each day and working for a person who, for better or worse, they call their boss.
For a long time, we have known certain things about the people we work for:
These are not good times. Hence the usefulness of any investigation into the kind of decomposition we might come to expect from those we serve.
Some aspects of Blagojevich's character, according to the Times:
So... how do things look around you? The economy is throwing off blue smoke and headed for the side of the mountain. Heads aren't just rolling, they're flying through the air like cannon balls. People are talking about more of the same until 2010.
Every day another former captain of industry explodes into criminal malfeasance, in what seems to me like the most massive collapse of leadership in all aspects of public life since... what... Grant?
How's your boss bearing up? Look for the signs. And be prepared, fellow Scouts. Keep those matches dry, and your own personal compass in good working order. It's a long way out of these woods.
Well, let's see. We've killed Quality. Excellence is gone forever. And with the advent of a new show on cable, Leverage is soon to jump the shark. But idiotic euphemistic terminology is never lacking in the world we live in and there's always a new candidate to occupy the august slot reserved for the Most Overused Word of the time we live in.
Today's term of which I am now utterly and thoroughly MOREBing - Dec 10, 2008 2:37 PM ET
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