Tag: Business

How to Problematize the Workplace without Really Trying

The Process and Methods engineer introduces problems where heretofore there were few: they, and their staff, redesign a business after the image of the method’s own insecurities — the product no longer dictates the form. Rather, the product is made to fall victim to nebulosity-by-design; it is remanded into the custody of the Process and Methods engineer, where it is ‘architected’ to death. There is a point at which adding complexity to production ceases to have the positive dithering effect it once had. Positive dithering effects — happy accidents — emerge when a product dictates process, and are effectively cancelled when complexity for its own sake becomes an overriding business imperative.


If it perceived every revelation, intended or otherwise, as a kind of forfeiture, an organization would endure in spite of pressure from without… It must disengage from the public, sate no curiosity, act boldly, use words sparingly, and from hunger derive power. Until the value of the occult in business is acknowledged quietly, its brand will be consigned to the annals of ephemera.

The Causative Symptom

When an enterprise is in transition, when ambiguity reigns, when organizational mettle and resolve are eroded by public furor, when the biting hunger that once sustained a fledgling enterprise surrenders to appetite, conditions are ripe for Trickster — the Causative Symptom.


Eoghan Wyndham, THE BRAZEN HEAD, DUBLIN CITY — Unlike my charges, I am uninterested in politics. Nor do I play an instrument, which was always considered a heresy. At recitals in the old days, I would find a good wall to lean against and drink. Just thinking of those old recitals, I consider packing up for the day and heading down to Abbey Street. But apparently, though I was no performer, then or now, I was a friend, because here I am, doing the one thing the others couldn’t do well: talk. They were lovers, in their own way, with…

The Utility of Disorder

Disorder necessarily is introduced, or makes itself felt or observed, when a businesses is undergoing a fundamental transition — when former thought-leaders or key personnel defect or are replaced, or in the event that key personnel grow collectively apathetic. A business that will be helmed by a new leader, or one that is ripe for a buyout, will also begin to show symptoms of disorder, as the status enjoyed by upper management as a private interest is shaken by the prospect of reorganization. The business in transition takes on, incidentally, the appearance of a foundering business, and doubt is sewn…

Baltasar Gracian: See that things end well…

Some regard more the rigor of the game than the winning of it, but to the world the discredit of the final failure does away with any recognition of the previous care. The victor need not explain. The world does not notice the details of the measures employed; but only the good or ill result. You lose nothing if you gain your end. A good end gilds everything, however unsatisfactory the means. Thus at times it is part of the art of life to transgress the rules of the art, if you cannot end well otherwise.

Order, the Destabilizer

When anti-structure has taken root in an organization, the introduction of order is perceived as destabilizing. Anti-structure is not without value, however, as it may fester in the flesh, until like a splinter, it works its way to the surface, drawing with it those bodies that hamstring an organization’s ability to heal.

The Arch

A mortal conceit of the progressive business: . . .that all men, and in-turn, all would-be employees, are created equal; that it is in the nature of all men to learn and grow; that wisdom by mere action is won; that the predilection for service may be inculcated. Were it true; were men not by legacy of biology marked; were they but clay, and in them abiding an elasticity to which only a minority is heir, then no fatal blow by its members to a business can be struck. Lo, this isn’t so, and so unwedded from the spirit is…