Excerpt: How to Get Ahead in Tech Groups

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Steve O'Keefe, May 26, 2006.

  1. I have permission from John Wiley & Sons to distribute an
    excerpt from the new book, "Putt's Law and the Successful
    Technocrat," a 25th Anniversary remake of the howlingly
    funny classic on climbing corporate hierarchies. The
    excerpt contains Putt's advice on the Internet, including
    Putt's Paradox:

    "The more firmly you are caught in the Web,
    the faster you can outpace your competition."

    "Putt's Law" was originally released in 1981 and achieved
    cult status for its scathing satire about the way groups
    behave. "Every technical hierarchy, in time, develops a
    competence inversion," says Putt, in his most oft-quoted
    corollary. Readers of Putt's Law will learn such valuable
    techno-Machiavellian skills as how to leverage failure and
    how to beat out colleagues who are always right. The
    author's anonymity gives these teachings the air of
    omniscience you want in a rule book.

    In the excerpt I'm distributing, Archibald Putt shows he's
    learned a lot from bloggers and others on the Internet.
    Putt's third law of decision making is "a decision is
    judged by the conviction with which it is uttered." Sounds
    like a page from the bloggers handbook, doesn't it?

    To get the excerpt, send mailto:
    with the subject line "Send Putt's Law" and I will reply
    with the text -- and *only* the text -- NO file attachments
    or opt-in mailing list jive. Thank you.
    Steve O'Keefe, May 26, 2006
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