The reason people aren’t just getting fired left and right is that people don’t really want to solve problems as much as just keep things moving and justify their jobs and call the next meeting.
Nothing can ever end, or everyone is out of a job. The phrase ‘continuous process improvement’ kind of sums it up nicely.
Start-ups and small companies are better. For a while. In the early stages, marketing is a little cell in the organisms doing its job, it is creative and engaged and usually someone you can go out with and have a couple of beers.
Then it gets irradiated by the gamma rays of revenue and sometimes profit, and it becomes cancerous and metastasizes and grows big enough to absorb all the radiation.
The time to quit is the first time marketing calls a meeting instead of just attending and bringing the donuts.
Citing the need to cut travel and promotional costs while still providing a top-notch racing experience for fans, NASCAR president Mike Helton announced Thursday that the schedule for 2011 may consist of a single 21,500-mile event. “Holding 36 separate races as we do now is just complicated, and our fans have to learn a lot of different kinds of ovals from week to week,” said Helton, who also confirmed that the three-week race would consist of either 8,600 laps of Daytona’s superspeedway or 43,000 laps of the half-mile “bullring” in Bristol, TN. “We’re also blessed with a fanbase who, by and large, could watch the whole thing without having to miss any work or school.”
I’ve gotten to the front of the security line and handed the TSA officer my ID and ticket.
TSA Officer: (Looks at my ticket. Looks at my ID. Looks at me. Smiles.)
Me: (Smiles back.)
TSA Officer: (Looks at my ID. Looks at me. Smiles.)
Me: (Tips hat. Smiles back.)
TSA Officer: A beloved name from the blogosphere.
Me: And I always thought that I slipped through these lines anonymously.
TSA Officer: Don’t worry. No one will notice. This isn’t the sort of job that rewards competence, you know.
Me: Have a good day.