Thursday, June 20, 2013

Random Thoughts

There are some people who don't want to surrender to the barbarians but will gladly give them the castle's gate. One of the deft moves in debate is to define your position as common sense. Rushing to make your mistakes is seldom wise. You can get more insight from some novels than from many textbooks. Life keeps reminding us to read the instruction manual but we may have to write it first. An important chore is sorting the either-or situations from the both-and. A sizable amount of time is devoted to constructing rationalizations. The biggest ethnic group is Passive-Aggressive. Two common workplace roles are Grasshopper and Ant. Music may be psychiatry's greatest competitor. Most of the mean things we encounter are done by otherwise nice people. A simple rule in negotiations is that poor behavior does not spark a better offer. Amid the hassle, you have to set time to think and rest. Some techniques are chosen not because they are more efficient but because they make us better. An urgent deadline is often a sign that someone is going on vacation. If life truly resembled high school there'd be more drop-outs. When an organization screws up, it shouldn't be given more power. You can learn a lot about a man from his choice of neckties. The receptionist knows the real organization chart.


Dan in Philly said...

To take your last point, why don't more people know the real organization chart?

Michael Wade said...


I've encountered many people who fail to study their organizations. They don't know the alliances, the disputes, or the real specialists.