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Update on Feeling Bad About Leaving

I don't feel so bad any more.

The remaining senior guy just got an "official reprimand" for talking down the company too much (outside work!) - told he'll be fired if he does it again. I don't know if the CEO even knows yet that I'm leaving (my boss, a VP, does) - I have a hard time believing that even he could be so spiteful as to crap all over the only remaining senior technical person if he knew, but you never can tell.

My faith in capitalism died a little more today.

MD
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

restore that faith as soon as you can

Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.
--- Joseph A. Schumpeter 


The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
--- Winston Churchill 

Tapiwa
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Loyalty is a one way street. They want full and complete loyalty from you but will not feel the least bit compelled to give any in return. That is the nature of corporate management in the US today.

To feel guilty about persuing your own happiness and peace of mind is beyond naive. Your loyalty belongs to yourself and your family. Your corporation should not enter the equation at all. This is the gospel according to Jack Welch.

old_timer
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Better to loose some faith in corporations, not in captalism. One is not the other.

m
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

I should elaborate:

The CEO of this company is rich. He will always be rich. His rich buddies (one of whom was, for a long time, the worst executive here) will always be rich. The board members who are the only ones who could get rid of the bad CEO are rich and will always be rich.

No matter how many stupid things they do, or have done, they will always be rich.

(IOW: fraternity-like old-boy-network trumps everything that capitalism was supposed to fix).

MD
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Do you have a problem with your CEO, or do you have a problem with rich people?

magoo
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

*I* have a problem with rich people!

[snif] they won't let me in their club...

Philo

Philo
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Yeah, I hate rich people too! Why can't they just chill 'til the next episode and share some of their money?! I gots bills to pay and chicken wings to eat!

Peter Gibbons
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Speaking of rich people, did anyone notice the Fortune article on Trump?

http://www.fortune.com/fortune/ceo/articles/0,15114,588765,00.html

12% mortgage, ouch.

magoo
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

My "problem" is that the old theory that capitalism works because people that do dumb and malicious things lose their money to people that do smart and constructive things doesn't seem to be working.

MD
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

So if it wasn't for capitalism these folks would
be saints? Sure...

son of parnas
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Isn't this capitalism at work? They treat their good people badly, so the good people leave.

This company ends up either unable to continue the service they're providing because they don't have the skilled people to do it anymore, or it ends up costing them a lot more to provide the service because they have to wear the extra costs of recruitment, training, lower productivity, etc caused by high staff turnover.

Either way, it means that another company that treats its people better should have a competitive advantage over them.

Darren Collins
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Darren,

Yes, that's the way I used to think it would work, but this experience has taught me otherwise. After the internet bubble burst, it seems that only people with B-school connections will ever get funding -- so we're back to the days where it takes money to make money.

MD
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

I know a few guys who are worth millions that started out driving trucks.

IMHO, the closest thing to an "easy way" to get rich is to find a way to leverage the population of the United States. That's how movie stars, pop singers, DJ30 CEO's, etc all got rich - they found some product, some "thing" that a significant percentage of 275,000,000 people would be willing to spend a few dollars for.

That's where the money comes from.

Philo

Philo
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Leverage the population of the United States?  Works pretty well for the IRS... ;-0

magoo
Tuesday, February 17, 2004

> I know a few guys who are worth millions that started out driving trucks.

And I know stacks of guys who've worked very hard and done the right thing, then got sticked in the end.

I also know lots of worthless scum who've tricked and defrauded their way into becoming wealthy, often in ways that are technically legal. Can anyone say enron, worldcom and arthur andersen.


Wednesday, February 18, 2004

"And I know stacks of guys who've worked very hard and done the right thing, then got sticked in the end."

Maybe ... just maybe... they did not do the right thing after all?

T.J.
Wednesday, February 18, 2004

"Maybe ... just maybe... they did not do the right thing after all?"

And maybe, just maybe, Pookie-kins, luck plays a part in one's success or failure.

anon
Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Luck is attributed far too often for things that are pretty clear cut.

I do not consider Joel as 'lucky'.  He's a damn good businessman and writer.  If his business fails, it's not luck.  If his business succeeds, it's not luck.

Timing is everything, of course -- but that is not luck -- but very careful observations and gut instincts.

T.J.
Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Taking a page from Tapiwa's book:

I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.

-- Thomas Jefferson


(hard work) + (smart decisions) > (random chance)^2

Ian Olsen
Wednesday, February 18, 2004

I LEAP OVER THEIR HEADS - STRAIGHT TO THE GUT.  FRIENDS, think you will enjoy this regarding General Electric and Jack Welch. I am rapidly becoming his legacy. Go to: www.edwardbaskett.com. I welcome your comments via email. Thank you.

Edward Eugene Baskett
Thursday, July 15, 2004

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