The Gervais Principle | Corporate Management According to “The Office”

I stumbled across an absolutely brilliant article that analyzes, at a strangely deep level, the management theory that is witnessed in the recently deceased television show, “The Office”. I’d give a brief summary for you, but am honestly incapable of recreating one in my own words. So, below are some snippets to give you a taste, although I would strongly encourage you to take a look at the article (and prepare yourself for 20-30 minutes of reading and analyzing.

“The Office is not a random series of cynical gags aimed at momentarily alleviating the existential despair of low-level grunts. It is a fully-realized theory of management that falsifies 83.8% of the business section of the bookstore. The theory begins with Hugh MacLeod’s well-known cartoon, Company Hierarchy (below), and its cornerstone is something I will call The Gervais Principle, which supersedes both the Peter Principle and its successor, The Dilbert Principle.”

“Sociopaths, in their own best interests, knowingly promote over-performing losers into middle-management, groom under-performing losers into sociopaths, and leave the average bare-minimum-effort losers to fend for themselves.”

Check it out for yourself: The Gervais Principle

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