Take care of the little ants
One of the most funny and sad stories about office politics I have ever read
Like many academics I first received this presentation as an email attachment. I am therefore very happy someone put it on slideshare. The story of the little ant manages to be extremely hilarious and extremely sad at the same time. I particularly like the owl (management consultant) who concludes the department is overstaffed.
This resembles the running joke in one of my previous employments. It was said that we absolutely needed the cost savings from staff cuts, just so that we would be able to afford the fees of the team of management consultants that adviced the university to cut staff in the first place.
Feel like a little ant?
You might want to have a look at these two posts as well. And let's raise a glass to all the little ants in the world. They might not set the world on fire, but without them it would surely collapse.
- Female academics: Wives of the organization?
- How to prevent burn-out? About staying sane in academia
- When to say no?
- Be proactive, resilient & realistic!
- How to hold on to your sanity in academia
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Anne-Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, London and visiting professor of International Management at Tilburg University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business, a select group of distinguished AIB members who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the scholarly development of the field of international business. In addition to her academic duties, she also maintains the Journal Quality List and is the driving force behind the popular Publish or Perish software program.