This guide was NOT inspired by “How to Argue like an Idiot” guide. THAT guide is designed to destroy thinking of any and all types. This one targets only creative thought.
“One of the serious problems in planning the fight against American doctrine, is that the Americans do not read their manuals, nor do they feel any obligation to follow their doctrine…”
– From a Soviet Junior Lt’s Notebook
Why Discourage Creativity at Work? The new economy demands it. Global competition and world wide technological stagnancy in fields such as automotive and medicine have left many of us scrambling. If your business is a moneymaker, and profitable, STATUS QUO is the order of the day. DO NOT INNOVATE. STICK WITH WHAT WORKS! After all, things like toilet paper and umbrellas have not changed significantly in thousands of years, and they work great! If people really had a voracious appetite for ideas and innovation , they would change things themselves, not wait for you to do it!
Punish Failure. If anyone dares to try something risky or creative and fails, be sure to let them know you “told them so.” Make them regret it for the rest of their days there, which should be few, because you need to use them to set an example. The biggest success stories result from the one guy that knew absolutely what he was doing and was a super genius without compare. Remember Edison and the light bulb?
Eliminate Ambiguity. Something either works, or doesn’t. You. Are. The. Boss. Stamp out uncertainty. If you think it won’t work, it probably won’t. Why try if failure is even a possibility? FEAR FAILURE! Straight A students didn’t get straight ‘A’s because they were smart, they got them because they were terrified of failure!
Interrupt your Inferiors and pull them away from what they are doing without asking. Don’t ever let them build up enough steam to do anything worthwhile that might improve working conditions or threaten your job. Periodically, even the best employees begin to work up come creative mind-flow which must be disrupted. Preferably, wait until you see them furiously intent on what they are doing. If they are working with power tools, so much the better because there is nothing better than when the “Days Without An Incident” sign reads “0”. Remember, productivity decreases by as much as 40% when people “multitask”, and if people are 100% productive then that is less productivity for you to steal.
Don’t Pay Attention to Others when they say things you don’t understand. How dare someone have an idea in your magnificent presence? When someone comes to you with an idea, or you hear an idea, interrupt them with an idea of your own, yawn, grimace, frown, sneer, look at your email, look at your blackberry, start a side conversation, do ANYTHING but pay attention to them. And DON’T make eye contact! It will only encourage their rambling. Be sure to write their idea down, though, so that you can claim it as your own later on.
Censor EVERYTHING. Stifle the creative juices by monitoring employee communications. Correct employees on everything from grammar to punctuation. If they send a funny email out to the entire company that is relevant, pertinent, and thought provoking, call them into your office and chew them out. “’Everyone’ is for HR only!” Make sure they understand that all of their ideas must come from you first. The added benefit to this is that if you run across an idea that actually has merit, you can take it.
Sleep During Meetings. If you don’t hear the idea happen, then it didn’t. Long, unnecessary meetings, full of boring graphs and charts that berate and belittle every department, including your own, are fantastic sleep induction devices.
Create Rules and Boundaries. People are supposed to toe the line, not cross it! Punish violators severely. Promote at least 50% of your staff to some sort of management responsibility so that the rules may be enforced most effectively. Post inspiration slogans on the wall like these time honored axioms:
• “Stay Within The Lines”
• “Follow Procedures!”
• “Watch the Bottom Line”,
• “Quarterly Profits are not everything, they are the ONLY thing!”
Remember, a demoralized staff is a hard working, obedient staff.
Don’t Ask Questions. People ask questions when they are interested in something. You can’t maintain conformity and status quo if things are being questioned. Things are going just fine the way they are. Why mess with your perfect world?
Happiness is the Enemy. Foolishness, silliness, storytelling, imagination, etc… these are all things that distract from productivity. Nip them in the bud on sight. Begin your correction of the wayward employee with phrases like :
• “Well THAT won’t work.” (or any variety of “it can’t be done”)
• “Let me tell you what we’re not going to do…”
• “Be Serious”
• “Think before you speak!”
• “Sit down and shutup.”
• Get back in your box?”
• “Who let you off your leash?”
• “We don’t do that here.”
• “Wipe that smile off your face! If you are smiling, you aren’t working!”
Procedures Must be Followed. In the military, there is an entire command of officers and non-com’s who exist for the sole purpose of approving any changes to procedures. It takes months, if not years, to change even a simple procedure. And look at how successful they are! In some countries, they are the ruling body! Establishing a rigid command structure will guarantee your corporation a place in the annals of history.
Some day, I will release a book that is a tell-all about all the shitty bosses I have been plagued with in my life. For now, though, this will have to do.
P.S. If you have read this far and don’t realize it is satire, then you just might be a shitty boss. Good luck with that.
As long as you have an account on the computer, and the computer is linux or Mac (unix), and it is an admin account, this is what you can do:
First, you will need to be on the computer and enable remote access. On a mac, it is not enabled by default.
STEP 1 : Enable Remote Login on subject computer
Hit Splat (⌘) -spacebar, type ‘terminal’, and hit enter. A bash shell will open. Welcome to command line 🙂 Enter the following command (the ‘>’ denotes a prompt. Don’t type that):
> systemsetup -setremotelogin on
STEP 2 : Figure out its IP address
While you are in terminal, get the IP address:
> ifconfig | grep ‘inet ‘
This will get you the IP address of the machine. It’s not 127.0.0.1. It’s the other one 🙂
If it changes later, from your terminal window on your own mac you can scan the network and find it with this:
> sudo nmap -sP 192.168.2.1/24
NOTE: 192.168.2.1 might not be your IP address range. Whatever the IP address is that you located earlier, change this so it’s right.
STEP 3 : Access the subject computer remotely
Now, from the terminal window on your mac, open a shell to the other mac, the one you are surveilling, using the ipAddress that you discovered in step 2:
> ssh yourUserNameOnOtherMachine@ipAddress
Next you will be asked for a password. It won’t see the usual Password: •••••••• where a bullet appears with each keystroke. You’ll just see Password:• But don’t worry, your keys strokes are going in.
Now that you are connected, there are a few interesting things you can do. When it comes to the tcpdump command, these commands are simplistic and just the tip of the iceberg of what it can do.
This command will get you DNS calls. Whenever the subject opens a new page or browses to a new website, you will see stuff here:
> tcpdump -vvv -s 0 -l -n port 53
control (^) – c to quit
This one will get all HTTPS headers so you can see what websites are being accessed, as they are accessed, and basically every request sent out (somewhat noise). Since it is HTTPS, you won’t be able to see the exact request, you’ll only see the site being accessed. Google and Youtube properties all look like they are from 1e100.net.
> sudo tcpdump dst port 443
> sudo tcpdump dst port 80
You can open multiple windows and run both.
Good luck, and don’t forget: accessing a system that you neither have permission to access nor own is ILLEGAL. Spy on your SO at your own risk. I won’t go into the morality of spying on your children or employees. It’s too murky and really depends on the situation.