Thursday, November 20, 2008

Don't hate the player, hate the game

Business professionals must secretly love stories about "greedy executives," probably because the trend assigns culpability to individual, rather than "corporate," behavior.

Personally, I don't believe there is such a thing as a greedy executive. There are only "executives."

For example, nobody uses the term "corrupt mobster" because they understand what the mafia as an institution implies. Sadly, such "understanding" is too often precluded by a big enough salary, a claim to some reputation of importance, or the hope someday achieving these.

Having said all this, I nevertheless would like to point just how poorly old, white dudes fare on the more, how shall we say, "extreme" end of the executive continuum. Represent.

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