Posted by: Mildred's eftedmonton Blog | August 29, 2010

Outside View: PowerPoints ‘R’ Us Now Addressed using EFT (apologies for the 3 letter acronym)

Col. Lawrence Sellin has been under some job stress. If he had sent his complaints to the EFT forum, I might have recommended that he repeat the following sentences 3 times each while tapping the karate chop point on the side of the hand:

  • Even though I have been known to walk that fine line between good taste and unemployment, I accept myself.
  • I see no reason to change that now, I accept myself.
  • Even though I consider  it therapeutic to make a career limiting rant, I accept myself, anyway.
  • Even though I have been in Afghanistan as a staff officer to a headquarters for two frustrating  months, I accept myself. I was doing the best I could under the circumstances.
  • Even though I have not done anything productive in this time, I accept myself.
  • Even though nobody is very productive here, I accept myself.
  • Even though I think IJC was founded to provide some general a three-star command, I accept myself.
  • Even though IJC has grown into a stove-piped and bloated organization, top-heavy in rank, I accept myself.
    Even though the generals here are cognitively challenged compared to me, I accept myself.
  • Even though I think my PhD gives me the right to belittle the generals intelligence, I accept myself and I forgive myself.
  • Even though the ability to brief well is a critical skill here at IJC, I accept myself.
  • Even though I don’t consider the ability to brief well an important skill, I accept myself.
  • Even though it is important to note that skill in briefing resides in how you say it, not what you say, I accept myself.
    Even though a successful staff officer must have an in-depth knowledge of Army minutia and acronyms, I accept myself.
  • Even though I don’t care a bit about those things, I accept myself.
  • Even though progress in the war seems optional here, I accept myself.
  • Even though I have had to attend many inane or useless briefings and meetings, I accept myself. And even though no one except the commander can skip these events because they take roll — just like gym class, I accept myself.
  • Even though I find roll demeaning, I accept myself.
  • Even though the start and culmination of each day is the commander’s update assessment, I accept myself.
  • Even though the expression “update assessment” is redundant, I accept myself.
  • Even though the military requires a three-letter acronym for everything, I accept myself.
  • Even though the commander never attends the CUA, I accept myself.
  • Even though the CUA slides only change when a new commander arrives or the war ends, I accept myself.
  • Even though the commander’s immediate subordinates, usually one- and two-star generals, listen to the CUA in a semi-comatose state, I accept myself.
  • Even though information from IJC to ISAF is delivered as PowerPoint slides in e-mail at the flow rate of a firehose, I accept myself.
  • Even though standard operating procedure is to send everything that you have and volume is considered the equivalent of quality, I accept myself.
  • Even though IJC will embed a new stovepipe into an already existing stovepipe, I accept myself.
  • Even though an officer needs a staff of 35 people to create a big splash before his promotion board, I accept myself.
  • Even though like most military organizations, structure always trumps function, I accept myself.
  • Even though the ultimate consequences of this reorganization won’t be determined until after that officer rotates out of theatre, I accept myself.
  • Even though the results will then be presented by PowerPoint, I accept myself.
  • Even though I forgot I wasn’t on campus anymore when I wrote this rant, I accept myself.
  • Even though I lost my job because of this rant, I accept myself anyway. I choose to learn from this experience and move forward in my life.

(Most of the above sentences were taken out of the article posted here http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=upiUPI-20100823-112700-2345&show_article=1)


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