Re: staffing in the modern day

I’m at my parents’ very rural place with no internet for a couple more weeks, so things are going to stay slow around here for a bit.

From Boneman:

Via Mangan Twitter:
“Friend has osteoarthritis in the foot, painful, went to the doctor.

“It will only get worse. Take pain meds, and when you’re ready, we’ll do surgery.”

Went on a keto diet, pain gone in 2 days

Friend: “I’m happy, but mad. No one told me.””

Feel like that for a lot of things. The resources available to the average person in US would have made princes green with envy.

The standard life scripts from the experts are like a shitty horror movie. “Cure?… We treat symptoms until the Medicare checks stop cashing.”

It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times.

Not all the time, lots of good stuff, but DAMN.

Good summary of the situation. I was thinking earlier that running an organization used to be kinda like XCOM. If you wanted a research division, you’d pay someone with a “science” degree to be a “scientist” and do sciencey stuff, and update you on the science with regular reports and presentations. Then if they didn’t produce enough, you’d pay a more expensive scientist because that means they’re better. It’s a childish view of management, but it worked well enough.

These days if you want to hire a scientist, you have to find the secret alien conspiracy theories forum on the internet and find the one smart guy who knows what he’s talking about. Then you ask him where the good scientists congregate after they’re all destroyed by the ZOG’s targeted individuals program. Then go to that place and find the one who’s recovered his sanity enough that he can produce useful work, then still pay him as much as the more expensive scientist from before (or maybe twice as much) because actually doing real science is still in high demand and the supply is miniscule. At that point you let him do what he wants, because he’s a consummate professional, but you have to keep an eye on his psychological state to make sure he doesn’t overdose on his opiates.

Same goes for every profession more complicated than the trades. If you can pull it off 150 times you can have a relatively high-functioning company amidst the Kali Yuga. Call it a refugia.

Then you still have to have an org/team that can accept good science in the first place.

“It’s looking like we need high conscientious people around 130 IQ to run this critical infrastructure”

“Lol, IQ isn’t real, we’re gonna outsource that for 5$”

Re: company culture, you’ll find social dominance is downstream of actual power. As long as you’re actually in charge of the company and the American government doesn’t get it in their head to say otherwise, you can tell people to “believe science” and they’ll put their masks on or take them off. That’s what we learned from 2008 and Covid. The rest is about clear communication and staying on-message, which are a bit complicated but not unmanageable. Why do we know All-Might is the symbol of peace? Because he said so and he’s the strongest.

The reason all the MBAs outsource everything is because Harvard told them to. That’s orthodox business theory. Also IQ isn’t real because Harvard Business School said so.And they’re the strongest.

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6 Responses to Re: staffing in the modern day

  1. Fox says:

    Hello again, Aeoli
    This was a nice post. Another game analogy would be Civilization – you use money / set citizens to produce “beakers” and the more beakers you produce per turn, the faster your progress.

    What I find the most interesting here is that IF you were to get to the point where the real productivity of your employees / divisions were visible to you (as an explicit value), managament would be reduced to setting goals and then running an optimization algorithm, bc the real world would have already been sufficiently and correctly reduced to explicitly known numerical values and relations.

    “The reason all the MBAs outsource everything is because Harvard told them to. That’s orthodox business theory.”
    Lotsa real and honorary Boomers have a prob with accepting that, bc the insight that “he who strong make rules” robs them of the illusion that things (like globalization) move on some fate-bound, pre-ordained path. Without that illusion, they would have to ask themselves: What if those in power had a different agenda / What if different people were in power ?

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Hi Fox, in turn this was a nice comment.

      >What I find the most interesting here is that IF you were to get to the point where the real productivity of your employees / divisions were visible to you (as an explicit value), managament would be reduced to setting goals and then running an optimization algorithm, bc the real world would have already been sufficiently and correctly reduced to explicitly known numerical values and relations.

      This is effectively the thesis of Drive by Daniel Pink, as illustrated in this infographic: https://i2.wp.com/tylerdevries.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Screen-Shot-2021-01-20-at-10.25.32-PM.png?resize=768%2C501&ssl=1

      >Without that illusion, they would have to ask themselves: What if those in power had a different agenda / What if different people were in power ?

      Correct, although I’d say this applies even more strongly to fatalistic Gen X.

  2. LOADED says:

    https://imgur.com/qhyGAZa
    eight-year old me! an edenic superthal!

  3. LOADED says:

    Just get a rap career like this white boy aeoli!

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