Explosive information intake

Sometimes what you read or watch can be very powerful to shape your state of mind. And sometimes this final shape is very detrimental to your well-being.

Last night, it was a combination of receiving 1 email every 15 minutes with an alarm that I couldn’t check what was happening, reading “The Future of Management” and then watching “Mr. Brooks“. Why? It was one of the things I spent some time thinking last night while I couldn’t sleep (which is a VERY rare state for me). Here is my current theory:

NOTE: This might contain some spoilers about the movie, so if you haven’t watched the movie and want to fully enjoy it when you do, you might not want to read any further.

Reading TFOM puts you in a state where you stop trusting management in general, in which you believe that the most important thing for any company is to post what needs to be accomplished and let people do it if they want to. It’s all a matter of how to correctly give incentives to the non-management workers so they they are happy and don’t backstab you when you are not looking. And that’s the connection to the movie: the main protagonist helps his daughter but at the end of the movie he has nightmares that any day his daughter might stab him in the back to take over his business (or, well, maybe because she just can’t help it).

That all comes back to the alarms I’ve been receiving. I was out of the office yesterday afternoon enjoying an afternoon with a friend from High School that decided to come to visit for a couple of days. I’ve even left my computer at the office, so that I couldn’t check what was happening, just receive emails through my BlackBerry. And apparently while I was out something stopped working correctly and because it still isn’t working, I was given the impression that the person that was supposed to care about it doesn’t care at all and, thus, things are still broken.

Anyway, that’s the theory. You don’t have to accept it. But I have to leave to catch a bus and go to work.

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