By Derrick Idleburg, Jr.
1) Committee meetings are where innovation goes… to die a slow, painful death.
It’s a recurring theme in the show. Whenever you watch the show, the intro shows Dilbert creating some cool thing at his house that you will find later he will never build at his company. Besides, he shouldn’t! He should just start a business. Throughout most of the series, Dilbert is working on the Gutbuster 6000 or something. Every single time he tries to make a change, start something, etc., someone calls a committee meeting. In these meetings, they waste more time discussing who will analyze what is wrong than actually fixing the problem! I am sure we have all experienced this. Have you?
2) Bosses with no discernible sense… of anything. They don’t know your name, let alone what you do.
Dilbert’s boss isn’t just an ass. He’s a dumbass. Dilbert’s boss has taken ideas from him, ignored him, would not own up to his mistakes and in general screwed stuff up. Dilbert and his co-workers would fix things time and time again and then the boss would come in, decide what they did was wrong and completely screw up whatever project they were working on. To put it simply, Dilbert’s boss was apathetic, aloof, and self -centered. Let’s just say making sure his employees were okay was not a top priority. We all know that an unhappy employee is less productive (among other things). Have there been any bosses that you loved working for? Or ones that you just liked?
3) Co-workers. They make the day better.
In the show, I think they have it fairly accurate. You like them, but they don’t need to know your personal business. Unless you love what you do. In that case, I guess it’s different. Love and job are words that never sync with one another. Career, however, is a different story.
4) If you really want to do something effective, working for someone else isn’t the way to do it.
We all need experience, sure, but at some point there has to be a hard stop date. I think that Dilbert is an entrepreneur. Or a wannabe entrepreneur. Dilbert’s biggest problem throughout the show, more than anything else, is fear. Dilbert stalls himself multiple times right before a big breakthrough.
If you don’t learn anything else from this hilarious show, learn this. Be like Dogbert. Dogbert has no issue starting something new over and over again. If you weren’t afraid, what would you go for?
Want to know Dilbert’s Hierarchy of Needs? Well first, I need to call a committee meeting to decide who will be on the committee. Then another meeting to create a list of action items and then another one to edit those action items. Then another committee meeting to discuss the plan to decide who will plan what is on the list. Did I lose you yet?
Dilbert’s Hierarchy of Needs
1) Autonomy. Won’t get that working for someone else.
2) Friends. Dilbert is lonely. Good thing he has Dogbert. Get some friends (outside of work).
3) Good pay. A recurring theme is the fact that Dilbert is underemployed. Maybe the Student Loan CPA can help you.
5) Starting a business. Dilbert has lots of ideas, but ideas don’t make money. Businesses do.
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