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May 18, 2007


Jerome Alexander

I would agree with points 1,2, and 4. The rest are merely cop-outs and convenient cover for poor leaders, bureaucrats and politicos – particularly point 7.

It is true that today’s workplace has become like a battlefield. Just ask the foot soldiers - the salaried exempt employees and the middle managers. Horrendous working hours and extreme stress has them suffering like they like were in the Battle of the Bulge or worse yet, the Bataan Death March. The platitudes and pity sayings of these so-called leaders are only meant to persuade the troops to fall on more grenades and spur the army on to glory. Whose glory? For what greater good? Freeing the world from a dictator or fighting a maniacal enemy? No! As cleverly detailed in point 5, for the “leader’s” goal.

I am certain that the armchair generals of the corporate world will have no problem at all glomming on to Cohen's words. More clever gimmicks for fighting to the last drop of YOUR blood.

Bud Bilanich

Thanks for your comment. It's always good to get another opinion -- albeit a cynical one --as you describe yourself in your blog.
While I can see your point on number 7, I think that comparing today's high stress work environment to the Bataan Death March is a little over the top. To me, such a comparison tarnishes the memory of the soldiers who died on that terrible march.
Having said all this, I still appreciate your comment. Thanks for writing.
All the best,

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