Start with the ‘Z’s?

“I think some of you might decide that this place isn’t for you, and that self-selection is OK with me… Realistically, there are probably a bunch of people at the company who shouldn’t be here.”

(Meta CEO Zuckerberg’s message to 77,800 workers)

Zuckerberg’s passive-aggressive comment is uninteresting, but listen to his chief product officer Chris Cox:

“We need to execute flawlessly… We must prioritize more ruthlessly, be thoughtful about measuring and understanding what drives impact, invest in developer efficiency and velocity inside the company, and operate leaner, meaner, better executing teams.”

(Meta CPO Chris Cox’s memo to employees)

Spare a thought for Anne Boleyn. The rank of Henry VIII’s second wife entitled her to beheading by a topnotch swordsman. Her execution must be flawless.

For the student of rhetoric, Cox’s rancid corporate cant has a dotcom-busty, pre-Y2K feel to it. I was drawing a paycheck at Compaq when Compaq swallowed Digital Equipment. Compaq itself was soon swallowed by Hewlett-Packard. Each fish was eaten and excreted by a bigger fish. I had been given my walking papers by then, “made redundant” in the pungent British phrase.

Tinpot motivators peopled legions of conference calls and marketing huddle-ups that I sat through during that period. Cox’s peroration sounds cribbed from their homiletics, lifted from one of a zillion antique PowerPoint decks. It forecasts for Meta a busy HR department, executing severance packages, confiscating company badges, and escorting casualties from the campus.

(Mike Isaac and Sheera Frenkel, “Mark Zuckerberg Prepares Meta Employees for a Tougher 2022,” NYTimes, 7-1-22)

(c) 2022 JMN — EthicalDative. All rights reserved

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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