An Antidote to Corporate Collectivist Cubicle Hell?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Posted in category Uncategorized
Comments Off

“Co-workers can be wonderful, of course, or bullying, meddling, obstructionist, sycophantic, incompetent and deceitful.”

And that is being nice. The Wall Street Journal has posted a wonderful review of a new book on corporate life that intends to displace (it won’t) and make fun of those weasel, feel-good, dumbed-down teamwork books like “Who Moved My Cheese?” and “Fish!” You know, those books that were written for corporate drones from public high schools with reading and writing levels equivalent to a 6th-grader. This new book is titled “I Hate People.” Sounds like me and this book are going to get along just fine.

People may remember – or not – that I love to address this topic, and I did so in at least three articles:

- Dilbertville for Dummies

- In the Long Run We’re All Dead Mice (Or, Trivial Trash for the Unenlightened and Unaware)

- I Hate Meetings

From the WSJ review:

All you loyal foot soldiers of business who have endured the forced camaraderie of team-building exercises at corporate retreats, whose office shelves bulge with loose-leaf binders from long-forgotten management-training seminars, who have wearily committed to memory the latest makeover of the company’s inscrutable Mission Statement, rejoice. Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon offer a way to cope in their breezily cynical survival guide, “I Hate People.”

…What to do? One key to survival, Messrs. Littman and Hershon say, is to become what they call a “Soloist” and to practice “Solocrafting.” The “six soloist principles” include: “Separation of the pack is not rejection of the pack”; “Achievement won’t always make me popular”; and “Creativity doesn’t fit on a spreadsheet.”

Solocrafting sure explains what I do. What amazes me is not just the level of collectivism and politics in the workplace, but the fact that so many people like it, desire it, and need it – and these people would be lost without the game playing and pack-animal cliquishness that provides the necessary spark for their daily activities and troublemaking.

I am not sure that this book will help you solve the problems of your politicized, cliquish, group-hugging, butt-kissing, corporate world – especially if you are the introverted type like me – but it sure as heck will be a great book to have sitting on your desk. Especially when someone from HR walks by. Talk about a conversation piece, eh?

Be Sociable, Share!
Both comments and pings are currently closed.