When you have had all your various failed schemes documented on film for 50 years and still manage to keep going, despite the setbacks, it shows that you are a business force
to be reckoned with.
As the head of a large organisation you must be many things: inspirational leader, mentor, quality controller, wise counsel to underlings, visionary and more. Add in the special qualities that come with a pathological hatred of the global status quo and a heartfelt desire to take over the world through some bonkers plan, and the Bond villain is a rare corporate animal. A great advertisement for inclusivity in the workplace, this is a person who has often overcome some form of disability — whether it's a
bullet lodged in the brain, metal hands or even an extra nipple — and triumphed over adversity to become a world-class sociopath.
Working for such a boss will require something of a daily commute, since head office is often located in an out-of-the-way location, such as a remote Thai island or a dormant volcano. Once there, however, you will find that the boss has usually laid on some sort of little train to get about and
a good quality uniform. Secrecy and loyalty among employees are a must — qualities that amazingly allowed this person to build
an entire space programme silo and back office in a hollowed-out volcano without any of the thousands of contractors involved in such
a construction project telling their friends down at the pub what they were working on.
The competition in this business comes from James Bond, a British agent so bad
at covert operations that his name and face are known to every cocktail barman in the world and who, bizarrely, turns up to every meeting dressed as a waiter.
The Bond villain's downfall is often, unfortunately, too much communication. Usually we are told that keeping people informed will lead to a better workplace. However, giving Bond a full tour of the premises, followed by a PowerPoint presentaof exactly what you're about to do and when
is asking for trouble.
And the mortgage on a volcano these days really is a killer. Not to mention the cost of cat food.
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