Economics and similar, for the sleep-deprived
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
In a half-remembered management book of the 1990s, and who knows, maybe in real life, they have a tradition in some Japanese companies of having the big boss take all the middle managers out to a bar, and get them blind drunk. The social role of this ritual is that all the junior types tell their superiors exactly what they think of them, and under pain of the severest loss of face, the manager is not allowed to get annoyed or to hold it against them or ever mention again what Mr Watanabe said while he was three sheets in the wind. So the lower ranks blow off stress, and the upper ranks discover home truths that they would never otherwise find out in the absurdly deferential culture of Western management book pictures of Japanese corporations.
I would suspect that this is how the international diplomatic corps is going to end up managing the putative embarrassment of the US cable leaks. I rather think a lot of them will be secretly quite pleased about it. They might make it an annual affair, to kick off the Christmas party season.
this item posted by the management 11/30/2010 10:30:00 AM