..."axiom of the universe"
not quite; but in fact it's close to true, and it even has a name like J.Does Law, I can't recall, who J.Doe really was;
but the mechanism of his law is shortly:
A person gets a job. If he does it well for some time, he'll get promoted.
The person is in a better job. If he does it well, he'll get promoted!
Now everyone has a limit; but if he does a good job...(take a guess
) he'll get promoted!
The limit is passed, but he has power. He does NOT do a good job. No promotion - he's stuck.
...but if he does a good job for himself, he'll promote a person below his position, who does NOT do a good job!
If it's a public position, all those promoted NOT doing a good job will be stuck till retirement.
Unless they make a scandal or something illegal (make that serious illegal), in which case they are moved to another
branch but at a similar position.
If it's a private company, all those promoted NOT doing a good job will be stuck, until it cost too much, in which case
they are moved to another branch but at a close to similar position calling it a promotion.
In case of a high to top position there may not be another branch:
The public top-leader will be sent on retirement with benefits. In China he'll be shot.
The private top-leader will be fired with a bonus. If it's a bank, the bonus will be golden, and if the bank is close to
bankruptcy, the taxpayers will pay for the golden bonus plus promotions for all below him! In China he'll just be shot!
The part about banks isn't part of the "law", the economist/philosopher lived some 150 years ago (to my recollection),
that's just been the fact in most Western countries the last decade. However, his books are taught in many
business schools. The students may take a note; but the candidates... who cares as long as you're promoted!!!
I have some personal thoughts:
The position where people do a "not good" (to real bad) job is ironically called "The peak of their career"!
A lot of promotions are often "branching", which, I guess, probably makes matters worse.
In the real world promotions are often not a result of doing a good job but the result of some variation on nepotism,
which makes matters much worse.
Some peoples position are beyond the normal mechanism of promotion.
Politicians fight their way up through their party, when they don't fight, they do nepotism. When finally they are
in position to be elected, they are "promoted" by the voters for their performance in the media. But their job is NOT
performance artists, their job is to govern! A job their superiors/employers, the voters, don't have a realistic chance
Those who COULD control the quality of politicians work are journalists. But journalist have the same way of career,
when they are in the position to to be evaluated by their real employers, the users (buyers - most also voters) of
their media, they are judged on their performance to write a good story - not their job to inform the public about
the truth! Which the buyers can't evaluate anyway.
Think about that! Well, it's not a a physical law - but "axiom of the universe" is close!
Now when I'm into writing tooo long, why don't I share some "inside information":
When it comes to to private business, the "top-top-leader" is the owner, who may lead the company himself, or hire
a chief executive. However, most larger "private" companies are a "limited company", that is the stockholders own
the company. The CEO may be in the daily charge; but the real leaders AND responsible are the BOARD.
The board is elected by the stockholders, usually once a year, at the "general meeting" (Googles translation, English
is not my native language). Some twenty years ago I attended a "general meeting" in a bank: It was a major bank just
merged to be a major influential bank. The meeting was like this (standard procedure): "Evaluation" of the passed
year, expectations to the future profits, debate, election of a new board.
Evaluation of the past year: Business is running fine. Unfortunately we have (major) red lines (deficit - business is
running wild not fine) due to expenses of the merge! Accompanied by a graph drawn up by the Economics Department,
a nasty decreasing red line falling down beyond the right side of the the bottom edge of the display.
Expectations: The first year further (increasing) deficit, due to the expenses of the merge! BUT in five to ten
years an expected increasing profit, due to the power of the merge! Accompanied by a graph calculated by the
Economics Department for the next year with negative slope continuing into a nice positive exponential curve,
probably drawn by the chairmans five year old daughter!
During the presentation a few questions from worried stockholders are answered. This is however a longer
session, so after 3-4 hours it's time for beer and food - and entertainment, of which the timing is by no
Debate - forgotten during entertainment...!
Election: Since the stockholders swallowed the long term expectations of profit, the election, in this case, turned into something from the local Grandmas Knitting Club: Well the board is on election, all are WILLING to continue, the
chairman of the board is... the same... anybody against?..... (silence)... Well the board is reelected, and so is the
chairman, thank you, thank you. And the stockholders, who really should have been looking in their pockets, gave
their applause and went home with hopes of making profits.. in five to ten years.
I wasn't a stockholder and had no right to vote, I was there in another functions, so I didn't give a poo (pardon my
French), and I had no right to speak, so don't blame me; but I had my thoughts...
This now major influential bank was later a major player in the "global financial crisis"!
Now if it wasn't a bank, the company is liquidated, and the investors and customers suffer losses; but the board-
members just lose one of their yearly performances - plenty of other boards to be elected for!
To "exxos". Your productions looks fine. If you both can get satisfied costumers and make a profit, you are per
definition doing a very good job. However nobody in power will care. I hope you have the nerves and financial
resources to get through the hardships. God luck.
Cubase, (Mega)ST(e)(fm), TT, Falcon, Jaguar, MiST.