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January 27 , 2009

Bureaucratic Thought of the Day


The bureaucratic thought of the day began just before Thanksgiving 2008. I attended early morning meetings in a San Diego shipyard while my ship was undergoing maintenance and repairs. A fellow officer and I would exchange friendly morning jokes and gestures in preparation to endure the unknown in which anyone stationed onboard a U.S. Navy Warship would understand. Anyone familiar with bureaucracy and irrational decisions that can result from the big wheel of government or any large company for that matter can relate to the perspective of each daily quote. The structure of each daily quote is intended to be the thoughts of a supervisor or subordinate. The quote is designed to assign words to a supervisor or executive’s demeanor. From the subordinate perspective the quote may be what he or she wish could be said for what comes to mind when poor leadership or example is observed. The quote may be designed to put words in the boss’ mouth as well – all in good humor. Anyone on the receiving end of orders and responsible for carrying them out will be able to relate to this type of humor. Although you may find some of the quotes poignant and cynical; the goal is only to capture the humor or redundancy in our American behavior when interacting in the work place or participating in a larger group hierarchy. The bureaucracy onboard a U.S. Navy Warship is probably small in comparison to the larger Navy, Department of Defense or Civilian Corporation. From my fellow officers and me we hope you enjoy our subtle humor and pretentious jokes we communicate through the Bureaucratic Thought of the Day. I hope it makes you smile before you begin your day at the office or worksite……don’t worry there are many serious thoughts of the day embedded as well, to include weekend inspirational thoughts, so don’t forget to read the weekends thought before you leave the office or worksite on Friday.
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