(or: A Fish Rots From the Head Down)

The projects are failing
because those above leave them insufficient resources;
that is why they fail.
The employees are hard to manage
because those above abuse their power;
that is why they are angry.
The developers take their jobs lightly
because those above make demands that consume their life;
that is why they scoff at layoffs.

Well, he who does not trade his life for his livelihood
is wiser than those who value their jobs.


chapter notes:

In this case, I have translated the abuses of the aristocracy to those of management. I have also adapted the general to the specific; in particular, I have split concerns over life and death into concerns about “jobs” on the one hand, and “life” in the modern colloquial sense (as in “get a life”).