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Corporate brutality

| Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003

I have long believed that a course on the realities of life in corporate America should be required for every college freshman ("Unwritten rules hold secret to job success," Oct. 8).

The brutality of corporate America requires us to once and for all dispel those idealistic notions of the traditional work ethic that says that hard work, high performance standards, dedication, integrity and loyalty are the keys to success. These qualities are clearly not rewarded.

People need to know at the earliest possible age that the coin of the realm in corporate America is, as the article states, power -- power obtained by such odious tactics as backstabbing, sucking-up, intimidation, manipulation and the ever-popular good-ole-boy network all rolled into the politics of performance reviews.

Unless the American worker is willing to sacrifice his soul to the devil on the altar of greed and ego, he will languish on the lower rungs of the corporate ladder his entire career. Fortunately, for many this sacrifice

is too great. But what a waste. How many good ideas have been lost because people were unwilling to play the silly game?

With knowledge of the unwritten rules, a worker can make an informed choice to play or not. Ignorance of the rules makes a person a confused pawn, fodder for the powerful.

Robert Ivey Glenshaw

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