Scott Adams Connection

Most Dragon NaturallySpeaking users are probably familiar with the excerpts from Mr. Scott Adams’ book “Dogbert‘s Top Secret Management Handbook” that we use when we setup a new voice profile. 

Of course, Mr. Adams’ Dilbert and Dogbert characters have been the source of great humor for business people at all levels of the “corporate ladder” for a long time.  I would hesitate to estimate how many fans he has–but in keeping with his recent article published in the Wall Street Journal, a bad idea I’d like to offer up–if each Dilbert or Dogbert fan paid $1 toward our country’s deficit…okay, maybe $2, we’d have a healthy reduction.  Yes, Dilbert and Dogbert have a huge fan base!

For the 5-6 people who are not familiar, his “handbook” offers wickedly insightful management tips and humorous anecdotal evidence about how managers actually operate and think – if you could call it thinking.

So imagine my delight when I read his recent article published in the Wall Street Journal entitled “How to Tax the Rich.”

I don’t have anything against the rich – Mr. Adams is rich – and I am one of those idealistic, perhaps delusionally idealistic, individuals who believes that the United States IS the land of opportunity and that people who work harder, smarter or both harder and smarter can create their own wealth even if they start with nothing.

The title of his article, I’m sure designed to get attention, (and he succeeded) has less to do with taxing the rich and more to do with brainstorming.  Mr. Adams  poses that by introducing “bad versions” of solutions, we of course, can use the “bad ideas” to generate “better” and perhaps even excellent ideas on how to reduce the deficit. Of course, it warms my “work harder and smarter” heart that he starts the thinking process, or as he says it “… I’ve given you enough bad ideas to prime your imagination…” by poking, first, at the rich. Don’t all rich people like to be first?

But my “work harder and smarter heart” digresses… I decided to share this article because of the last paragraph of his article. In particular…I felt a strong connection to the lines “…it’s literally your job to fix the budget problem because your government isn’t equipped to handle it… If a few million people start brainstorming their own ideas for solving that problem, someone might come up with a winner… if that idea gains popular support on the Internet, it frees politicians to consider it… the thought feels delightful.”

Sounds like the land of opportunity to me – let’s brainstorm Dragon users!


About Elicia

An instructional designer for work and mixed-media designer for fun!

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