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May 25, 2005

“You Need Me!” (A Recipe)
Babak Seradjeh  [info|posts]

thumbup.jpg You are the manager in chief of a public company, infamous for your undemocratic behaviour and love for power. This is hurting you and your ambitions. Here's an electiow recipe for you to get out of your situation, if you manage to act well:

1. Announce that you are recruiting for, preferrably, second in command in management, through stockeholders' vote and receive a lot of applications.

2. Set up a review committee who should decide which applicant met the requirements for the post.

3. Tell the review committee to disqualify a certain applicant, Mr. Mo, who is enjoying a sizable popular support and who is supported by the opposite camp to you. In most cases you don't even need to tell them directly, just appoint the right persons and they will do it on their own.

4. When the names of the qualified applicants are announced by the committee, ask one of your cohorts (an easy choice is one that you have indirectly appointed, in a previous electiow, to a legal position in the company with a close family relation to you, say the father of your daughter-in-law) to write you a public letter and ask for a reconsideration of the committee's decision. This is a vital step and must be done carefully and immediately. You should not lose any tempo or your opponents might stage major protests on their own and take the lead away from you.

5. Write a public letter to the committee and ask for a reconsideration of (wait, no, not all the applicants, only) Mr. Mo's qualifications.

6. The committee must duly announce that "following your managerial recommendation," they have now qualified Mr. Mo.

7. [improved] Tell your press rep to publish the news of your managerial order. You have then given both an order and a recommendation, depending on one's taste. This will devide your opponents: those who want to challenge your order will be pressed by those who want to take advantage of your recommendation. Ultimately they cannot not accept the maneuver, since that means they do not accept you as a democratic manager.

8. If you played well, you'd be about done now. Wait. Recuperate. Read and prepare. As the time of voting approaches you may have a lot more to do. Hope for the best.

Find it hard to imagine? Take courage and learn the way from the real-life version.

Enchanted Stakeholder at May 27, 2005 01:10 PM [permalink]:

Dear Chairman and owner of everything there is in "our company",
On behalf of all the stakeholders enthralled by your Holiness's "supreme" wisdom and thoughtfulness, in order to avoid spending a huge amount of money on the "electiow" [?] process, which after all is yet another defect imposed on our culture by corrupt western powers, I would like to humbly request that you, once and for all, would put an end to this shameful mimicry of western habits, and choose a president for us; whomever you deem "more qualified".

If you would forgive my insolence, I would like to propose a few options for presidency for your kind perusal:

1- The secretary of the "review committee". Provided, of course, that he would be confirmed and qualified!

2- Your Holiness. In such case, there would be no need for the position of presidency. Furthermore since there would be no need for reviewing qualifications, the members of the review committee could serve as acting members of your Holiness's cabinet. Also, since you are the ultimate manifestation of law and justice, the services of the members of parliament would no longer be needed.

May god keep you for us until Mahdi's revolution!

Yours very humbly and respectfully,
An Enchanted Stakeholder in the "company"

Non-economist at May 31, 2005 08:36 PM [permalink]:

I loved the picture you chose (although it's in Persian) and the "linked" article.