Ben Franklin’s satire was top notch. Witty, engaging, well-written, there was always a barb — and the targets of the barbs had to be complete dullards to miss them. If a pen can be as powerful as a sword, Franklin showed how words can be used to craft scalpels so sharp they can leave no scars, or stilettoes that cut so deep no healing would be possible.
Franklin wrote a letter to ministers of a “Great Power,” noting the ways by which they might act in order to reduce the power of their nation over its colonies, “Rules by Which a Great Nation May Be Reduce to a Small One.”
It is in that vein that Mr. Angry, at Angry 365 Days a Year, offers “Top Ten Tips for Creating Angry Employees.” As he explains [please note: some entries at that site may be unsuitable for children, or contain strong language]:
This is not intended as a how-to guide for wannabe satanic managers. I did briefly consider that this might be akin to distributing a bomb-making recipe (very dangerous information in the wrong hands) but I actually believe most bad managers aren’t deliberately bad. They are far more likely to be ignorant of how destructive their actions are. As Hanlon’s Razor states: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
So please, anyone in doubt, this is top 10 list of things NOT to do.
Without mention of Herzberg, Likert (see here, too), Argyris, MacGregor, Maslow, nor even resort to Frederick Taylor, Mr. Angry lays it out. He aims for general offices, and especially automated offices — but these rules apply equally well to college departments and faculty at public and parochial schools. It’s not Franklin, but it’s useful, for non-evil purposes.