May 20, 2011

Machiavellian thought o’ the day

I’ve heard about totalitarian regimes using Facebook to promote “anti-government” rallies, then simply arresting whoever shows up.  Seems like a ruthless manager could take a similar cue: Invite employees to “training sessions” on things like how to use the new travel website, then fire anyone who attends–figuring that if you’re dumb & idle enough to attend such a thing, you mustn’t be worth keeping.

Of course, if that test were applied to people with time to write blog posts like this… uh, forget I said anything.

Posted by John Nack at 3:16 PM on May 20, 2011


  • Pablo Lara H — 3:52 PM on May 20, 2011

    It does not sound imposible. Au contraire, it sounds like real life.

  • fr — 11:59 PM on May 20, 2011

    If they fire you, you have more time to write blogposts ? :)

    [Genius; I’m on it! –J.]

  • Geoff Scott — 9:59 AM on May 21, 2011

    May be that is why everyone shows up late to meetings…

  • guiliguili — 4:20 AM on May 22, 2011


    Is this how Adobe managed to externalize to India ?

    Hint : I am an Illustrator user … see what I mean about creativity, user experience, user feedback rather than ADBE stock …

  • Richard Broom — 1:00 AM on May 28, 2011

    So that’s what happens to all the people who become part of focus groups!

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