Write my hackbook

Your royalties will be the pleasure of a job well-done.

This is a criminally underappreciated book: https://www.amazon.com/Company-Good-Leaders-Guide-Dysfunctional/dp/1545661456. I want to steal the hackbook idea from the easy peasy method and repurpose it for community-building like best president Obama. This is the same find/replace game that I play with anime, so I’m probably even more qualified than best president. For example, if you find/replace “company” -> “community” then the working title is:

This is already looking like a very strong start to a very successful project. An historical moment–drink it in. It might even get completed because I have a full three days ahead with nothing to do except my part-time job, an unheard-of amount of bandwidth to do something constructive with my life.

Here’s my starter find/replace algorithm:

Company -> Group/community/country/nation/tribe
Bad -> Unhealthy
Good -> Normal
Great -> Healthy
Safety -> Health and beauty
Success -> Survive/reproduce/thrive
Bad actor/etc. -> Bad actor
CEO/Executive -> Cultural elite
Middle management -> Bourgeoisie
Front-line workers/etc. -> Working class

Example excerpt after find/replace:

In short, a normal group can typically address its problems if it is aware of them and has the desire to fix them. Even if the problems are massive, normal groups have the infrastructure of people, leadership, and attitude to stay the course and reproduce themselves. Unhealthy groups do not have the ability to do that. They cannot identify their problems or appreciate the gravity of their problems, and certainly do not have the perspective and the horsepower to fix anything about themselves. They are so insecure and dysfunctional that anything more than doing what they do every day is a bridge too far and not worth even contemplating.

Classically, dysfunctional groups have huge cultural and systemic issues. The basic pieces are not there or, at best, are only partially there. Institutional leaders are weak, overwhelmed, or misdirected. Cultural elites and the working class are typically disconnected and perhaps even at war. Political processes are ineffective or nonexistent, and accountability is absent. The people are generally unhealthy, ignorant, poorly managed, and depressed. There is no effective strategy for future generations. Any plans for improvement are half-baked and poorly supported, and they fail quickly. What exists is basically a culture of failure where elites and the masses avoid reality and operate within the illusion that everything is fine. People at all levels are in survival mode and their fear of making a mistake or alienating a person of status is more important than accomplishing something. Not only is the unhealthy group drowning in its own mediocrity, it lacks the ability or the will to recognize its problems and do anything about them. The people in the unhealthy group are generally victims of a relatively new term, “Group Think,” where everyone agrees that they are doing it right and everything is fine.

Example excerpt before find/replace:

In short, a good company can typically address its problems if it is aware of them and has the desire to fix them. Even if the problems are more massive than normal, good companies have the infrastructure of people, leadership, and attitude to stay the course and be successful. Bad companies do not have the ability to do that. They cannot identify their problems or appreciate the gravity of their problems, and certainly do not have the perspective and the horsepower to fix anything about themselves. They are so insecure and dysfunctional that anything more than doing what they do every day is a bridge too far and not worth even contemplating.

Classically, dysfunctional companies have huge cultural and systemic issues. The basic pieces are not there or, at best, are only partially there. Leadership is weak, overwhelmed, or misdirected. The corporate office and field operations are typically disconnected and perhaps even at war. Processes are ineffective or nonexistent, and accountability is absent. Personnel are generally inadequate, poorly trained, poorly managed, and not motivated to succeed. There is no effective strategy for success. Any plans for improvement are half-baked and poorly supported, and they fail quickly. What exists is basically a culture of failure where management and employees avoid reality and operate within the illusion that everything is fine. People at all levels are in survival mode and their fear of making a mistake or alienating a person of status is more important than accomplishing something. Not only is the bad company drowning in its own mediocrity, it lacks the ability or the will to recognize its problems and do anything about them. The people in the bad company are generally victims of a relatively new term, “Group Think,” where everyone agrees that they are doing it right and everything is fine.

Chapter 1

You get the idea. If you have ideas for the find/replace or you want to knock out a chapter or two, let me know.

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8 Responses to Write my hackbook

  1. Zeb Zebley says:

    finally, a worthy hyperfixation. I’m interested, bigly

  2. rillxn says:

    This indeed savors of much promise. Beyond find/replace it could likely benefit from more involved redress so as to make it more relevant to the particularities of our current circumstance. That would be something like the ‘2nd phase’ of the project – not as pertinent/necessary as the find/replace ‘phase 1’.

  3. Let’s script the find and replace, then run it on all sorts of books.

    Some guy did that to a couple of my blog articles once. An article about some political thing was turned into a screed about heavy metal music being racist, just with various word and phrase replacements and a bit of touch up.

    At first it was really weird but eventually I had to admit his rewrites were better than my originals.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >Let’s script the find and replace, then run it on all sorts of books.

      That’s an interesting idea but I don’t know if I’m up for reading a bunch of books just to see if they randomly make sense.

  4. Cyberthal says:

    A house built on sand cannot stand in the storm.

    https://cyberthal-ghost.nfshost.com/the-true-crucifixion-of-jesus-christ-reconciling-farsight-institute-padgettites-sasquatch-message-and-yajweh/

    “Hurry up and build!”

    “No,” replied the cement artist.

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