Games people play; from Strategic Finance:
- Strategic Noncompliance: Agreeing up-front to cooperate and waiting until the last minute to back out, promising agreement simply to buy time.
- Information Manipulation: Withholding or putting a spin on information, covering up mistakes or problems, giving false information.
- Occupation: Monopolizing resources (people, time, etc.) in a way that prevents them from being allocated to other groups, acting as the gatekeeper for vital information.
- Shunning: Socially excluding an individual in a way that brands them an "outsider" to the rest of the group, "forgetting" to invite someone to a meeting, shuffling papers whenever they try to talk.
- Discredit: Using personal criticisms to diminish the image of competence or credibility of others, creating doubt about another's agenda, using sweeping generalizations to discredit ( "they're just a bunch of 'bean counters'" or "what do you expect, he's from 'marketing'?").
- Intimidation: Using scare tactics or veiled threats to squash ideas, a "back off" stare or an intimidating reputation that makes pursuing the idea just not worth it.
- Filibuster: Talking long enough and hard enough so that the meeting is over before anything is resolved, talk enough to wear down petitioners.
- Invisible Walls: Covertly blocking forward momentum by creating logistical impossibilities (red tape), can be as subtle as a sigh or a tone of voice that decreases enthusiasm for an initiative.
- Camouflage: Sending people off on "wild goose chases" that keep them away from the real issues, deliberately stimulating anxiety over consequences.
- Powerful Alliances: Using relationships to stimulate similar games in areas outside their department.
If you were bummed out on Matrix 2, go rent Equilibrium. Yeah, the story's borrowed, but this is the first
well done poetic action film I've seen since we lost Hong Kong.
After watching Equilibrium, we sat around watching MTV's 2003 Movie
Awards, and had a blast making fun of them. It's been a while since I've
done anything like that, and I had forgotten about juvenescent fun. ;)