Saw this on imgur, unfortunately sourceless.
A very cynical view of a top-down hierarchy system!
Sorry to post about the government again, but when reading page 269 about the strategies to retain and accumulate power, I was reminded of Congressional proceedings. The terms of what will be discussed are clear and there is an agenda that is followed to keep order. This agenda uses some of the other examples given, like who can participate and limiting information, as well as time limits and the order of speakers.
In the Senate, a filibuster is often used to “kill a bill”. This is when a Senator takes up discussion time by talking about anything. A filibuster can also silence the opposition cause time may run out before they have a chance to rebuttal.
The possibilities of where power comes from on page 253 made me think about the government. I know that one of the possibilities is about government being the most powerful institution, but I’m talking about some of the other ones that can define our government.
- Power is held by a few people (congress)
-Money is necessary for power (campaigns)
- Education and expertise are sources of power
- Power is concentrated in the hands of white males
- Power means getting others to do stuff for you while thinking it’s their idea
- There is power in what is not said as well as what is said
- Power is given and can be taken away (elections)
- Power is not what you know, but who you know
- One institution’s power must be kept in check by other institutions powers (checks and balances of the 3 branches of the U.S. Government
Box 7.1 on page 184 talks about the different definitions of a leader. It got me to thinking about my senior year wrestling in high school. I was viewed as a leader on my team because I was one of the people who was there the longest.
I related with the fifth and eighth definitions on the page. My fellow captains and I were in charge of making sure everyone was on the same page and reach the goals we set in the beginning of the season. We had to motivate the team before the big matches and have everyone accountable.
We must have done something right, because we reached our main goal of being Regional Champions.
This is a post that I forgot I had in my drafts, but I still though I would send it out
The author asks on page 112 for an example of a slogan that expresses allegiance. The one that came to mind right away for me was Apple/Mac users. I don’t know if there is a name for that group, but i think there should be.
"One of the central messages of modern advertising is that the individual can express who he or she is through the purchase of a branded product…"
How effective is this type of advertising when everyone owns the product? Biggest product that comes to mind is an iPhone but If everyone owns it then do you really express yourself as different? Or do you fall right into the norm?
i think it is more effective. It is free advertising by the company to have everybody walking around with it. People don’t like being left out so they will conduct themselves in ways that won’t make them stand out from the crowd. In a way, their advertisements to be different become advertisements to conform.
While reading OCAG, I saw on page 116 the system created by Amway. It involves sense-breaking and sense-making, basically breaking the person down and build them up with the organizations beliefs.
I immediately made a connection to the practices of the Army. I have heard that when bootcamp starts, the soldiers are worked so hard they can’t go further, and then they are rebuilt stronger than they previously were, with the Army’s values and beliefs instilled.
I just thought it was weird that Amway is using practices that the Army uses to promote organizational identification, but that he is trying to take credit for this system that has been around.