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An Everyday Guy Talking About How Corporations Become Vampires

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It has become painfully obvious to me that the very concept of "corporation" allows for socially acceptable abuse. This is not your obvious form of abuse, but rather an insidious form of abuse that can mount up slowly, gradually disabling a person from performing what the person was hired to do.

For example, a corporation fails to pay a critical bill that would enable a salesperson to use advertising templates of a franchise with which this corporation has a contract to uphold the franchise's branding standards. Or the corporation does NOT fill a vacant sales manager position that the franchise requires, leaving only one regular salesperson to bear the brunt of selling, in a precarious position now lacking in support, which sets up this one person to be a scape goat, when overall sales fall short of corporate investor expectations. Or the corporation obscurely lists for sale the very property where this person works, which could account for why anything that costs money meets resistance to being purchased.

Why spend money for advertising tools, if you want to wash your hands of the thing being advertised? Why spend money to pay for a key salary, when you can sidestep this cost to maintain the minimum superficial appearance of an asset for potential buyers? -- this is the next owner's problem. It's an asset sales game, where you minimize costs to maximize gains.

I have seen it twice now in actual practice -- a large corporation paints a rosy picture of its mission on an impressive-looking website, only to fall dreadfully short of this mission on a local level. At the local level, real people who work hard to sustain the corporation must end up suffering the woes of slipshod management and lack of support in key areas of operating the business.

This is all part of the dehumanizing force of a corporation, where no one human seems to care about the entire body of the corporation. The very structure of the corporation can be so convoluted, complex, and impersonal that nobody knows who is ultimately responsible for its operation, and so nobody knows who to blame, which is good if you want to evade lawyers.

At this point, therefore, a corporation takes on the air of the fictional vampire -- stronger than any one human, smarter than any one human, seemingly immortal, whose sole mission is to suck as much blood out its resources as possible, in order to enable the survival of corporate investors. Even worse, the corporation becomes a slum lord for its investors, who are so far removed from the life blood (people) of their investments that they regard this life blood merely in terms of monetary sustenance for their cold hearted, soulless, corporate shell.

Corporate vampires are asset flippers of lifeless portfolios. Their huge amount of money is beyond everyday imagination, and so anything related to making money becomes a mere pawn in the asset-maximizing game. A high-rise building is no different than a ton of beans or a few shares of stock. The sheer size of the corporation and the sheer magnitude of multiple millions of dollars (compared to multiple hundreds) overwhelm critical details that determine excellence at the ground level. Sadly, the practice of excellence is easily lost in a quagmire of tunnel visioned financial interests. Individual human casualties, thus, are acceptable collateral damage. After all, there's always another human to suck the blood out of.

The critical flaw here, of course, is gross failure to treat human beings as the greatest assets of any corporation.