Who would've thought that being the strongest link is, in fact, a curse? I know my um... friend — let's call him 'Green' — didn't. He was as clueless as a manager on a Sunday morn. Green has been having serious health issues, you see, chronic ones too, so for him to be the strongest link in any office is somewhat of a miracle. But this is not a fairy tale, and you'd better believe me when I tell you that wrathful witches and evil curses really exist. Especially at the workplace.
Green is a hard-working guy (strrrrrrrrrike one!), he loves his job (strike two!) and, being a devoted teacher, is loved by most of his 500 or so students (strike three!). But since he is such a force to be reckoned with, he causes the well-hidden cracks in the system to become visible, and all eyes are on him now. They need to keep that guy in check. What if he causes the whole system to collapse and we all get our lazy asses fired? We sure can't have none of that!
Boy, are they watching him like a buncha hawks. You see, sometimes a system works because no one really cares. Sometimes a system works because the game is called Red Tape The Sequel: Watch That Clock From Nine Till Five And The Hell With Productivity Or Your Stupid Long Term Vision. I know, it's not a particularly catchy title, and it probably won't be as big a hit as Yourassic Park 4, but I didn't make the rules. Or Green. And the rules state very clearly, don't wreck the system. Things are good the way they are now. Be lazy. So what if we're making this boat sink in the long run? Time is on our side. Sing along: "Ti-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ime is on our side, yes, it is."
No, it really isn't. So while Green is giving everything he does his best shot, he is being held down in the water—or so it feels. People who should be making his job easier in the name of a thing called team spirit are cramping his style and make him look bad with their clients. Green knows they're in cahoots. It's called interdependence and he is a problem. Tic toc.
The strongest link.
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