Friday, February 5, 2010

Lessons in management - Use of power

"It is what it is until those in power say how it's to be."

History gets written by the winners.

Money talks and baloney walks.

When someone tells you its not the money, it's the principle of the thing, you can bet your last buck, it's the money.

During Watergate investigation the two Washington Post reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Berstein, were advised by deep throat to "follow the money."

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I have observed this in every organization I have worked in and every church I have been a member of.

It is hard for an honest person who would lead a virtuous life to rise in politics or business. The two are contradictory given what it takes to be successful in politics and business. The name of the game is to equivocate, lie, cheat, maybe steal, and play along with the corruption that is rampant at all high levels. Even the Roman Catholic Bishops, the Shepherds of the Church, the Apostles and Jesus' representative on earth supposedly lied and conspired to hide criminal activity for fear of their position and credibility.

So here's the moral of the story - "Question authority!" The better their story and the more adamant they sound, probably the more corrupt they are. True leaders are humble, and honest, and compassionate. By these three criteria you will discern the true leader from the false. I am 64 years old and haven't met too many. The higher you go usually the worse they are.

How are organizations like septic tanks?

The big chunks rise to the top the quickest.

This is article #5 in a series on Lessons In Management.

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