Wednesday, July 21, 2010

LiB @ Work #2: The Alpha Male Syndrome

Now in our previous “LiB @ Work” article we talked about female managers and why they are not cut out to be leaders at work. This doesn’t mean that men are any better and also a lot of them are not fit to lead even their own shadows. Having worked in an all-male setting at one point in my career was an enlightening and a funny experience as I got to experience first-hand what is referred to as the “Alpha Male Syndrome”.

In an animal pack, like a wolf pack, a lion pack etc…, you will find that the strongest male controls and leads the pack and the rest follow his lead, this male stays in power until another strong male steps up to the challenge and ousts him from his leadership position by killing him or defeating him in a fight and banishes him from the pack. The same can be applied at work, where an alpha type will try to “kill” or “banish” those whom he deems as a threat to him and his god-forsaken existence.

To have alpha males at work is a double edged sword. On one end, it’s good to have them as they are leaders by nature and know what they want and what their goals are and strive to achieve what they have planned for. On the other hand, being persistent fuckers, it makes it difficult for others to work with them because they are aggressive, intolerant most of the time, can be arrogant at times and can easily tell you to go fuck yourself if they think your ideas outshine theirs or you tend to disagree with their views.

Most of them can get defensive and will refuse to listen to what you have to say or offer as they think they are divine creatures and they know best and everyone else is a pitiful idiot who are good for nothing but work like sheep, nod your head and say “yes your lordship” all the fucking time.

Some of them are highly productive at work and some of them just leech off of others. In the Middle East region, 97.6245624% of alpha males are actually assholes, leeches and hyenas who will climb on others’ backs to reach that high chair. They are drama queens who bullshit all the time and seek attention at any cost, even if it meant selling his parents to get into top management. And being as insecure as they are, they like to label others what they see in themselves such as framing others for forgery, giving bad performance appraisals to honest and hard-working people because they know that once allowed to shine, these poor bastards can strip them of their title and send them out the back door with the door whopping their asses on their way out. But the alphas know better, they take the pre-emptive step and send those condemned souls out the window.

What’s the next step? So step one: getting rid of high performers… CHECK! Step two: replace them with idiots who have lower IQs than parameciums to make themselves look superior. And when it’s time for them to go, those sad excuses for human beings will replace them in the end. And that, my friends, is technically EXCELLENT succession planning methodology. The steps are correct: “Time for me to go and someone will replace me and take my place” but it will be someone who is a carbon copy or worse than his predecessor. And the cycle goes on and on...

It’s not to say that ALL companies follow the same trend and ALL alpha males are like that. But the general feel is that most of the companies in this damn region are actually like this and very few are ones who care about rewarding employees for actual work or performance rather than proficiency in bullshitting and ass-kissing.

In my previous company, our General Manager, whom everybody knows and acknowledges as being the alpha male because he likes shoving his schlong in every project even minor ones just to say: “You better do what I tell you to do you ignorant idiots who don’t know jack shit”, once said something that was technically wrong, and me, being the naïve “professional” and “subject matter expert”, wanted to bring this mistake to his attention. I was wrong; he did not directly call me if he wanted something afterwards and started questioning every single thing I did thereafter. He basically made my life miserable because I told him that it was wrong doing it this way while we should do it the other way.

I can’t put my professionalism and ethics aside and be quiet when I see something wrong and not pointing it out because that’s what I am paid to do. If it’s wrong it’s wrong. End of story. But others who just shook their heads like cows and praised his holy greatness got good ratings because despite being wrong, they all said that he has bestowed his knowledge on them!

That’s why the west will always be better than us. They reward actual hard work and promote quality people. Again, not all companies in the west are like that but a lot are actually opposite what companies practice here in the Middle East. It’s because their legal rights for employees and acts are designed to minimize corruption and acknowledge performance and that’s what trade unions there strived for. Unlike our trade unions here who politicize every single thing and threatens management teams and board members to adhere to their demands, OR ELSE! But trade unions are a totally different subject that we will cover in our “Lib @ Work” series in the future.

Screw this, am late for a showdown with an alpha male, maybe I’ll manage to kill him and rip his heart out and become the next alpha male in the office ;) Yeah… Rip his heart out, MORTAL KOMBAT STYLE!!!

Side Note: This was in today's GDN, coincides with our article! "You must use Gulf Air despite them being incompetent, OR ELSE!"

Side Note #2: Sorry about the comment moderation, folx. It seems that there are a lot of those chinese spammers around and managed to flood our comments pages with useless bullshit. They manage to ruin everything even online games, spammers by nature. They even go as far as ruin gamers' fun by camping and getting all the rare monsters for rare gold and drops and sell it for REAL cash! Anyways that's why we turned comment moderation on but we will not stop or edit any comments and post them as they are. Thanks.


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