As an eighth grader, I really struggled with George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” The central theme – absolute power corrupts absolutely – didn’t resonate with me. Miss Lally tried, but what she described was too far removed from my own limited experiences.
Lately, though, I’ve been replaying those words. I’m recognizing this theme in real life. I’m keenly aware of power plays and abuses of power, more mindful of how harmful they can be as I see them affecting people I’ve worked with and cared about.
The abuses of power I’ve observed this month include three techniques I’ve named this way − Ivory Tower Insulation, Big Shot Bullying and Marginalize and Ignore.
All three techniques are manipulative and counter-productive. When I observe these behaviors in senior managers and ask them what’s happening, they offer these justifications:
My job is to deliver results. I’ve
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