As a junior software engineer working in a vendor company targeting the retail industry exclusively, I’ve been observing more and more “interesting” industry and management practices. I’ve been trying hard to learn as much from them as I can, no matter how evil/virtuous they’re.
As I assume most people are experienced and smart, I tend to think that they always know what they’re truly doing even though they seem to frequently shoot themselves in the foot by trying to have their cakes and eat them. Maybe there are indeed some deep and invaluable wisdom that I’ve been missing all along. Maybe they’re trying to cover their tracks by acting like clueless idiots.
Apart from what I’ve experienced and seen first-hand, I’ve also listened to and read many similar stories from my colleagues, superiors, friends, family members, internet and news. I’ve compared among these stories, among mine, and compare each of them with each of mine.
I’ve been also informally learning economics, history, management, politics and psychology from books, the internet, news, others people and my own observations when I’m outside the workplace. While I’m just a nameless weakling who’s incredibly nub at everything, I’m still learning more and more from the “interesting” society I’m living in. I can learn many new things every day.
The dark management series is an informal documentation of all I know on how to maximize one’s self interest at all cost. This includes some dark sides of the mankind, like backstabbing, FOG, lies, spinning techniques, rationalizations, finding scapegoats and character assassinations.
As I think I’m still just on the surface of such a dark art, I can only document high level directions and mindsets, and leaving the low level implementation details behind. For the same reason, I won’t be able to provide much concrete examples on dark management, let alone analyzing them.
While I won’t practice any of them as I won’t be able to and won’t have to, studying this dark art can still help me thoroughly comprehend the very essence of the realpolitik as the most dominant driving force underlying the real world while being covered by believable ideologies. On a smaller scale, this can at least help me understand how workplace politics around me works.
Specifically, I’d be interested in documenting and studying these dark management aspects:
- The difference between dark managers and reasonable ones
- The benefits provided by dark managements to dark managers
- The damages caused by dark managers to their targets
- The set of traits dark managers wishing their targets to have
- The various levels of masteries of dark management
- The set of traits of societies making dark management feasible
- The real driving forces behind the ever prevalent dark management