Saturday, February 9, 2019

You Can Have Your Cheese and Eat it Too - William Cottringer

William Cottringer's book looks at workplace situations where wrong cultures are developed and work gets affected. In such a scenario, he uses two Siamese cats Khaos and Konfusion and two mice Klarity and Simplicity, who conspire to make life more productive and fun for all.

Right up front, he asks three questions - How do I sabotage my success? For whom am I doing this? What is the best I can do? In fact, he asks many questions in the book.

The conspiracy between the cats and mice involves the cats laying down some draconian laws for the mice one every day of the week starting Monday like
- Either-Orness (everything has to be either this or that, there would be only opposites and no middle ground, including that they could either think or feel),
-  Unlikability (likability is outlawed, everyone finds faults and complains about everybody else),
- Babble (babble is the only language and listening is a crime, use all kinds of words and meanings to miscommunicate and create more chaos),
- Hide and Seek (everybody forgets what they were doing and create chaos),
- Duncery (no more quality thinking, everybody loses their ability to think),
- Narcosis (everyone is deprived of their sensitivity and they will be focusing on all unimportant things) and
- Instantaneousmania (there is no more time, everything is a blur, instant gratitude without thinking and feeling).

Through this seven-step process, they ensure that the cats and mice have no chance of thinking or feeling, have quality thoughts or communicate better and not take responsibility for anything. The author tells the readers to figure out which mousetrap they are stuck in.

The solution to the above problem is to develop a culture where the cats and mice
- dream big, listen carefully, enjoy everything, be positive, get smart, be reverent, laugh often, get involved, use their talents, improve and grow

They also take care not to
- hurry, quit, lie, be dishonest, gossip, be irresponsible, judge, worry or wander

The five questions all cats need to answer are
What is it I am supposed to be doing here?
How am I supposed to be doing it?
How do I know if I am doing it right?
What's in it for me?
Where can I go when I need help?

Nice concepts. Some lovely quotes.
"One of the best ways to persuade others is to listen to them." - Dean Rusk

"You can't escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today" - Abraham Lincoln

"Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment." - Evan Hardin

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