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I will NEVER respect authority.

This is a rant.  Hit (S)top now if you don't want to hang around while I vent my spleen.

I don't respect authority.  Authority does not, by itself, deserve respect.  Go take your position of authority and shove it.

Respect is EARNED.  I've said so on this blog before.  There are people with authority in my life who I respect, because they've shown themselves to be inspirational and competent leaders.  Show me that you know what you're doing, prove to me that you've earned your position of leadership, and I will be the greatest team player you have ever worked with.  That's because you have earned my respect, and among people wired like me, respect is the currency of the realm.  

On the other hand, if you pull rank for no reason, if you micromanage people who have more experience and knowledge than you, it doesn't matter if your rank says that you're the emperor of the galaxy; you've lost my respect and I don't respect your authority.  If you're lucky I will leave your team.

I've had the blessing of working with some truly wonderful leaders.  These are relationships that transcend any reporting structure because everyone gets on the same page.  And even when there's a disagreement, I find it acceptable to let the person in charge make the final decision on something, because they've demonstrated that they've earned the right to do that.   (Hint: it's always "because of X, Y, and Z" rather than "because I said so.")  Relationships like that can even turn into long term friendships if the conditions are favorable.

So no, I will never respect authority on its own.  Show me that you've earned the respect and you'll get it in spades.  If you don't agree with that, go find some other world to live in that doesn't have me in it.

Posted by IGnatius T Foobar on Mon Feb 03 2020 13:43:33 EST
8 comments | permalink
zooer  says:  Tue Feb 04 2020 08:59:54 EST
This is a comment!

darknetuser  says:  Tue Feb 04 2020 10:22:05 EST
I feel like drawing an A.C.A.B. graffity on this blog for some reason.

IGnatius T Foobar  says:  Tue Mar 10 2020 13:49:21 EDT
Funny, I wasn't thinking of law enforcement when I wrote that, but I suppose police officers do very quickly either earn one's respect or just comply grudgingly with whatever it is they want. The asshole cop who pulled me over in Yonkers nine years ago definitely fell into the second camp.

darknetuser  says:  Tue Mar 10 2020 15:53:38 EDT
I know you were not thinking of LEOs, but in most rich countries LEOs are just tax collectors under other name. I have a bad disregard for tax collectors because I am familiar with their malpractices, using fake charges to get people to pay and such... I think that the creation of a group that bombed tax agencies would be justified in certain countries.

Maybe I am just a bit sour today :)

IGnatius T Foobar  says:  Tue Mar 10 2020 18:30:57 EDT
Ah, I get it now. In the United States we call those people "Silicon Valley executives"

darknetuser  says:  Wed Mar 11 2020 11:35:05 EDT
2020-03-10 18:30 from IGnatius T Foobar
Ah, I get it now. In the United States we call those people "Silicon

Valley executives"

Hahaha, it sounds about right.

People in IT management seem to be made from a different paste than regular living beings. A paste similar to that of vampire bats. Last time I applied to an IT position it left a very sour taste in my mouth.

Also lots of "diversity" politics and discarding candidates because they were not black or womanish enough.

IGnatius T Foobar  says:  Wed Mar 11 2020 18:31:31 EDT
Not IT in general. Silicon Valley specifically.

darknetuser  says:  Wed Mar 11 2020 19:28:16 EDT
2020-03-11 18:31 from IGnatius T Foobar
Not IT in general. Silicon Valley specifically.

I am a pesimistic person. I have seen ugly from people who has not seen California in a postcard.

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