The ‘Wooden Language’ That Opens the Door to Complete Ruthlessness

Our dubious doctor receives an invitation to apply to Harvard Business School’s program on leadership that was clearly written using the meaningless, bland, long-winded language of the typical academic bureaucrat—or communist party apparatchik—that would have made Comrade Brezhnev blush.

But it would be a mistake to suppose that, just because the words and sentences uttered have no clear meaning, that they have no purpose. On the contrary, they have a very important purpose. The mastery of this kind of language is the managerial equivalent of freemasons’ ceremonies: it distinguishes the managers from the managed.

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