The master of the bureaucracy has a fool-proof maneuver to always get
your way in meetings, since you know that only your opinion matters.
- Let everybody else make moronic suggestions.
- Stay uninvolved while the participants shred each other’s suggestions
like crisp cabbage in a Cuisinart.
- Watch as they develop intense personal
dislikes that will last their entire careers.
- Toward the end of the allotted meeting time, when patience is thin and
bladders are full, offer your suggestion.
- Describe it as a logical result
of the good thoughts you’ve heard at the meeting, no matter how ridiculous
that might be.
If you time it right, all the participants will be feeling a sense of incredible
frustration and physical discomfort and will realize that your suggestion is
the fastest way to end the horror of the meeting.
By disguising your suggestion
as a composite of the participants’ thoughts you minimize their need to attack
you to defend their hard-argued positions.
You’ll look like the rational deal-maker
while the other participants look like partisan whiners.
The only downside
is that you won’t be singularly identified with the idea if it works.
typically not a problem, since most ideas don’t work.
And your boss takes credit
for the ones that do.
And why is Scott Adams' The Dilbert Principle so popular? Scary stuff!