The Rise and Fall of Mediocrity

I brought it all down. Me. Personally. Ann Flacker.

It’s just that I couldn’t stand it anymore. I saw it every goddamn day. Everybody saw it except the executives and the shareholders. Management sucked. Was out of touch. At my employer and everywhere.

If I didn’t fix it, who would?

Management pretty much everywhere was bad, real bad. You remember. Those guys were clueless and the only possible way you could do productive work was to ignore them and go around their ridiculous rules. But they made big money and they thought they were geniuses. And hey, since they were rich, that proved they were smart. At least that was the idea.

I couldn’t just slap them silly (though I was tempted), so I had to find a better way. And I did.

Nothing fails like success. So I worked as a high-paid consultant. It was easy. They always hire you and pay you the big bucks if you tell them what they want to hear and brand yourself as an expert.

Ann Flacker. Expert. Says so right here on my business card. Take one.

So, I gave them expert advice. I told the CEOs that they were doing great work but they were leaving money on the table. They could make even more money but they had to stop being so nice.

What are you laughing at? If you could only see how stupid you look with coffee spraying out of your nose.

But anyway, that’s what I really told them. I swear.

Yeah, I told them they needed to buckle down. Watch your employees all the time and make sure they completely follow all the rules you set every single moment. What good is your genius thinking if it’s not thoroughly implemented?

Of course, they were going to use technology and contractors to do the monitoring. Executives don’t work. It’s beneath them.

So they did it exactly as I told them. Infractions, every single one, was identified and stamped out. People were fired. Compete loyalty and precision implementation of the rules was mandatory. There was no escape.

Wall Street roared. This would be great! The complete victory of ability over mediocrity. And they were right although which people were in which roles, well, they had that in reverse.

I mean, who the hell does John Galt think he is?

Anyway, it was a ruse. I knew it wouldn’t work.almost anybody who ever worked for a living wouldn’t be surprised. So, it came as a compete shock to upper management and shareholders.

Every company I advised crashed and burned. I was a,ready paid so that was fine with me. And the remaining employees picked up the companies for pennies on the dollar.

They don’t have any shareholders or clueless managers and they’re doing just great.