Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Browning on Management

Who'd stoop to blame

This sort of trifling? Even had you skill

In speech — (which I have not) — to make your will

Quite clear to such an one, and say, "Just this

Or that in you disgusts me; here you miss,

Or there exceed the mark" — and if she let

Herself be lessoned so, nor plainly set

Her wits to yours, forsooth, and made excuse,

--E'en then would be some stooping, and I choose

Never to stoop.

From the Robert Browning poem
My Last Duchess.

I've met quite a few managers and supervisors who resemble the Duke.

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