There is a saying about no man being a hero to his butler (from a time when such creatures were active of this planet, or more correctly, when an imperial nation ruled the waves). This thought can be extrapolated to larger creatures, such as companies, organizations, governments, and nations.
For example, I had a positive image of the US Army...until I became an active member. I was quickly disillusioned by the people and policies. We were ordered to “respect the position, not the person”....which I could not do. I found this true of every company for which I worked. Knowing too much is never a good thing.
My opinion of the United States has changed over the years, from being a young boy mouthing the Pledge of Allegiance each morning in school to one who notices inconsistencies, deceit, and failings mixed in with all the positive aspects one might have hoped would prevail, but are declining. Perhaps, this is the Wizard of Oz effect. You can’t keep ‘em down on the farm, after they’ve been away, any more than you can put the genie back in the bottle, after you seen reports of My Lai, seen photos of Abu Graib, or watched video footage of the likes of Cheney or Rumsfeld on the Daily Show.
I found that their are two types of people in any organization:
1. Those with ideas
2. Those with an opinion.
It seems that the number 2 variety always thinks that they are right, because they have an opinion, while the number 1 folks are doubtful and continue to seek new and better ideas. One drives the organization, while the other creates a drag. Anyone making decisions must learn to identify which type is addressing him.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.