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How corporate management ladder works

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In the beginning was the plan,
      and then the specification;
And the plan was without form,
      and the specification was void.


And darkness was on the faces of the implementors thereof;
And they spake unto their leader,
"It is a crock of s**t,
      and smells as of a sewer."


And the leader took pity on them,
      and spoke to the project leader:
"It is a crock of excrement,
      and none may abide the odor thereof."


And the project leader
      spake unto his section head, saying:
"It is a container of excrement,
      and it is very strong, such that none may abide it."


The section head then hurried to his department manager,
      and informed him thus:
"It is a vessel of fertilizer,
      and none may abide its strength."


The department manager carried these words
     to his general manager,
and spoke unto him, saying:
"It containeth that which aideth the growth of plants,
     and it is very strong."


And so it was that the general manager rejoiced
     and delivered the good news unto the Vice President.
"It promoteth growth,
     and it is very powerful."


The Vice President rushed to the President's side,
     and joyously exclaimed:
"This powerful new software product
     will promote the growth of the company!"


And the President looked upon the product,
     and saw that it was very good.



Maybe that explains things like thermonuclear HE of RN BB.


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Ah, yes, the use of euphemisms and sweetening of words so the higher-ups can swallow it more comfortably, ending up in something that is the complete opposite. From my own experience being mainly at the bottom of the ladder, any hierarchical communication that requires four or more steps to reach the top (or at least the first true decision-maker) is doomed for certain. That may be the reason for the popularity of so many shows where either the boss or someone directly appointed by him/her shows up in disguise.



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"Managing expectations" is my favourite one amongst all the business double speak. You know things really sucks when someone is talking about that!

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