Most of you are following the twitter saga. Politics and other issues aside I wanted to address one leitmotif brought forward by Musk and his horde of sycophants. Numerous times I have seen the argument “time to fight IT entitlement” used as a battle cry before performing massive layoffs. I have worked in IT for 20 years and while I have encountered some bad apples, on the whole the majority of Engineers and IT tech folk have been hard working and diligent people. I was working abroad from North America for 16 years and I was shocked when I returned to see the level of C Level, CEO etc entitlement. The salaries of this class of worker (and remember we are all a team as they love to say in the meetings!) had in my opinion unjustifiably skyrocketed to levels their predecessors could not have dreamed of. Inevitably to justify such a situation one must find a scapegoat and the hard working IT tech folks are an easy target.
Or are they?
My buddy and fellow Vanguard
As for the twits I will say one thing, great success is not a license to lose your dignity. It may feel good and powerful to fire large groups of employees through an email and to threaten the rest with “work hardcore” but remember the human condition is volatile. One day you are up the next down. It was not IT folks who overly hired themselves, it was the CEO”s who made these errors. However, it will be the IT folks who will pay the price.
Elon Musk has had great success and no one is taking away from his achievements but humans have a tendency to become inebriated with success and smarts become stupids, humility turns into hubris.
When a Roman General won a great battle he would be given a parade through the streets of Rome as a reward. However, placed behind him in the chariot someone would be constantly whispering “remember you are only a man not a God”. Of course the Romans did not want the General to try and overthrow the Emperor but perhaps even more importantly they did not want the talented General to become bloated with self indulgence and bravado, as that would result in a feeling of invincibility and being a “stable genius” which results in very stupid mistakes. Elon “you are only a CEO, not a God”!
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