If there's one thing that characterizes the modern corporation--more than greed, more than "next-quarter-ness," more than self-centered-ness, it is fear.
We are meant to live in fear.
Fear of our next meeting.
Fear of coming up short.
Fear of disagreement.
Fear of speaking your mind.
Fear of having a mind.
Every 30 minutes or so, a chime sounds and another meeting convenes.
Are you prepared?
Will there be conflict?
What if they hate it?
Every 30 minutes, another spasm of fear.
Fear is the lifeblood of our corporate state.
Fear that you'll be tossed out on your ear.
Fear of competition.
Fear over a host of vagaries that can't be controlled.
Agencies often, sadly, destructively, buy into fear cultures.
They become, accordingly, small, nasty, brutish places
that place ass-kissery uber alles.