December 7th, 2006

people

Philosophical changes in our household

For many years the people who live in our house have had a management structure. There has been someone in charge who takes care of daily operations and of course when we are away takes overall responsibility for the household. For the past few years Teddy, our senior bear, has been the one in charge. For a while he had an elaborate structure with department managers and other deputies, so for example Xerxes was head lion, Lawrence, our Koala, was his regular substitute for those times when he was on vacation and during his one-month sabbatical last year. In the early days, Martha, the monkey, was in charge, but she turned out to be too bossy, created too many rules and in addition to causing some palace revolts ended up having a nervous breakdown. That was when Teddy took over. Recently Teddy had been demanding additional percs but we had been denying them.

Management meetingSuddenly over the weekend there was a managers' conference. Teddy, Martha, and Lawrence were the attendees. Later Xerxes, Paul - a leopard who is particularly good at inter-personnel relations and Michael, a dog who is the only member of the household who wears clothes (thanks to fj who had been shocked that we had these naked people in our house) joined them.

On Monday they leaked that there were going to be some big changes and that there was to be an all people group meeting on Tuesday during breakfast and that we were to come to it after breakfast.

At this after-breakfast meeting (rsc is seen taking attendance before the meeting to make sure that everyone is there) Teddy explained that they had heard me talking about The Starfish and the Spider, that some of them had read it, and that effective immediately they were switching to a decentralized organization with no individual in charge. They assured us that they'd all be responsible and that things would work much better with this new system with improved productivity. And now it is a done deal and everything is running fine.
Management meeting