re: Rules For Radical CIOs: Part 2
First let me point out a typo:
Eric R.'s last name is spelled the same as mine: Ries. Mind you, he's probably as used to misspellings and mispronunciations as I am.
Now for your concluding statement:
I agree that scale is a problem. We've become a nation of servants and are well on our way to becoming a world of servants. Few can hope to really be their own bosses, which tends to give us a lot less sympathy for our bosses than we would have if we had a realistic hope of filling their shoes. And those bosses who really are socipaths don't have to worry as much about their employees walking away as they would if it were easy for one to start one's own business.
But the big problems are:
1. Too many people have trained themselves to turn off their consciences when they become inconvenient (especially in the workplace). While we all do this to an extent, we don't have to and shouldn't rationalize it. It's a lot easier for evil to prevail if good people won't sacrifice to do the right thing.
2. We frequently forget that while we have no real control and only limited influence over the behavior of others, we have (or can have) a very high degree of control over our own actions. And we do have influence; mostly over our friends, families, and acquaintances, but we have it nonetheless. How we use that influence is up to us.
3, We forget that the struggle between good and evil mostly goes on within ourselves, not between competing groups or individuals. In nearly every conflict, there are good and bad people on all sides (and everything in between). We all have (at least figurative) angels and devils sitting our our shoulders trying to guide us in one way or the other. Our challenges are first to recognize which is which; then to follow our own better impulses consistently; then to encourage others to do the same.
And as long as we're talking Star Wars, we consider should consider a statement by Yoda in "The Phantom Menace": "Hard to see the dark side is". It's trivially easy to misjudge the motives of others, both good and bad (so be careful).