Reflections on the burning of Baltimore...
Imagine that your boss assigns you to a research project. You work late nights for a month doing research; you present your findings on time, and your boss rips it up and directs the I.T. department to scrub all your research from your computer. And then he tells you to start from scratch and do it again.
Or imagine that your boss assigns you to design an advertising campaign. You hire the models and photographers, write the copy, build the storyboards, film the commercials and print ads… and present them for his consideration. He not only nixes them all, he destroys all that film and says to start from scratch again; you can’t use any of the work you’ve already done on the case.
Or imagine that your boss assigns you to hire and train a team to market a product line in distant Alabama. For months, you work full weeks and weekends, traveling throughout Alabama, interviewing people, scouting locations, doing market research. You lose connections with your kids as you miss their baseball games and their choir or theater performances, you miss a cousin’s funeral and a niece’s graduation, you have long distance fights with your spouse over the phone, all because work took you away. And then you return to the office, proud of your work, and your boss says “Ah, I’ve lost interest in the Alabama idea. Forget it. Do the same in Montana and Idaho, though, instead.”
How would you feel about that job? Would you stay?