The Middle Manager’s Oath

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Cover of Issue 9; Published 2002

You can find the comical article titled The Middle Manager’s Oath written by Christopher Mah at McSweeney’s, a magazine founded by editor Dave Eggers, the Bay Area Bard. 

For those who are not aware of Eggers, he wrote the popular book A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, among others. He also founded a couple of nonprofit organizations based in San Francisco: 826 Valencia, a tutoring and literacy organization in the Mission District neighborhood; and, ScholarMatch, a program that matches donors with students needing funds for college tuition.

Below are a few extracts from the article:

“I will challenge my team to solve the problems I unnecessarily created for them.”

“Jargon is not meaningless as long as it is strategic, measurable, and scalable.”

“I will become diabolically drunk with the slightest sip of power.”




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