Violence as Metaphor

Kill ’em all, let the Invisible Hand sort ’em out.Title: “Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win”

Authors: Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Rank: 2

Blurb: “Jocko Willink and Leif Babin share hard-hitting, Navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons for business and life. With riveting first-hand accounts of making high-pressure decisions as Navy SEAL battlefield leaders, this book is equally gripping for leaders who seek to dominate other arenas.”

Special Bonus Blurb: “This is the SEAL Leadership book we have been waiting for.” —Roger Ailes

Review, Demonstrating the Gripping Domination of the Grammar Arena: “I’ve read this book twice already. Once from the stance of being a career driven woman with hopes of learning new leadership tatics to help me in my career endeavors. The second time through, I read from the stance of being a mom, trying to understand how these leadership principals could help me as the leader within my household and more importantly, how to raise my children to leaders.”

Customers Also Bought: “How to Win Friends & Influence People”

Footnote: To be honest, we’ve never considered applying the principles of leading a squad of highly trained, highly motivated killers to running a local insurance agency.

Extreme Ownership [Amazon]

Sweet zombie Jeebus.

Many people who buy this type of book want to believe they are this:

When in fact, they are mostly like this:

The problem is that in bidniz the only greater good is the bottom line which quite frankly isn’t a good enough reason unless you benefit personally from it. If the SEAL wannabe wants to share (communism!) then there is no fucking reason for your underlings, er, employees to do the business equivalent of running 5 miles in freezing cold water and do 500 push ups in an hour.

It’s already happened where I am working. The newly appointed idiot administrator was pushing my production team to do more except there is a problem. The problem is that many of us can read the schedule board and know that if a production room isn’t scheduled till next week then we ain’t going the extra mile to make the administrator look good as he doesn’t do shit for us. We know the admin and know that he’s a pretty selfish guy. The only reason he’s pushing us is for his bonus.

The golden rule in action.

So true, Manchu. It’s even worse in government when the profit bottom line doesn’t apply. I have a boss who reads these types of books and makes his underlings read them and do homework (FFS) in their meeting discussing it.
But those books (mostly HBS stuff, I’ve heard) apply to for-profit businesses, not a government agency. We have no incentive to work harder or go the extra mile, especially since they rearranged the evaluation system to ensure that only about 5% of people get a score that will get a raise. That leaves out a lot of people who’ve done great work over the year and, in the case of my bureau, rewards a personal friend of my (thankfully former) direct supervisor.

I can’t believe it’s already been an eternity of campaigning, and yet we still have no idea which of these sadistic psychopaths/deranged shit-for-brains is gonna be the (RepubliKKKan) nominee, except of course that it won’t be Bush III. There’s never been a bigger lead balloon that landed with a louder thud. (Ha ha!)

Vicious, Feral House Republicans Run Loose Across D.C. Following Resignation Of Caretaker

Responding police officers reportedly found the House chamber torn apart, smeared with viscera and feces, and partially on fire.

The crazed and vicious GOP representatives, who are said to be howling wildly and wearing the tattered remains of business attire, reportedly worked themselves into a frenzy after Boehner failed to attend to them earlier today and subsequently broke free from the House chamber. Sources confirmed that the elected officials have since carved a trail of chaos and destruction through the city, attacking civilians along the National Mall, running amok through Metro tunnels, overturning cars, and storming numerous federal office buildings.

Additionally, widespread blackouts in the D.C. area were reported after a manic Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) gnawed through a power line and electrocuted herself.

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