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Going In at the Top Means Going in Blind

Posted by Bob on May 2nd, 2012 under Coaching Session


Some months or years ago, BoardAd announced to me that I had written four thousand articles for Whitakeronline .

So by now we’re coming up on five thousand.

I hate to shock you, but I suspect that some of you have not read every single one of them. Or maybe you forgot some.

When I was describing the permanent punishment I recommended for anti-whites, one of you actually looked up my first description of it: “Don’t Lose the Victory!”

I deeply appreciate that. I could never have found it.

I hit the link, but I still can’t figure out the date on that article.

As White Rabbit very accurately pointed out, I tend to panic when something technical happens to our site.

But then again, the reason you tolerate me knowing so little about the web and other topics is because there is advice someone else can’t give you.

My experience is that if you seek power you simply have to give up being too embarrassed to make a fool of yourself.

I went from international aviation negotiator to special assistant to the director of the entire Federal Civil Service. In between I was called in as a merc as cover, in which job I had to pass muster with the real mercs, though I never had basic military training and have never cleaned my own gun. .

When I was senior staff and my congressman went off to China, I had to fill his place and speak for him.

The essential point is that, if you are going to exercise power, you have to go in not only blind, but at the top. Like a new lieutenant taking over command of career sergeants, you have to get used to going in with everybody looking to you for guidance when you start out with less information than the receptionists.

I do this here, and I beg your patience with me. If I have the facts wrong, I will simply spill out to you the story as I have heard it. I don’t mind looking like a fool in front of my own people.

Please look at that last sentence. If you think about it you will realize that everyone who takes a high level job has to be that way. It is not unusual for somebody to go straight from Deputy Assistant Secretary of something huge in the government to a private sector job administering show production or chewing gum.

He goes in blind.

He depends on the people around him. He has to be able to find, not so much the information as the PEOPLE who can GIVE him the straight dope.

So my apparent sloppiness with information and my ignorance of internet savvy are not anything new. If I screw up the history, BBG is there, if I need advice on real-world internet wisdom, White Rabbit is at my beck and call. BoardAd is much, much younger, but he has become one hell of an editor.

I like to say that my basic rule of management is “Get good people and then stay out of their way.”

Actually, I never stayed out of their way. I was always reachable. Incompetent people who are given too much authority tend to not delegate at all or else to delegate and then hide.

If some of you get as far as I expect you to in life, you will find out exactly what I am talking about here.

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  1. #1 by Jason Here on 05/02/2012 - 6:34 am

    I love this kind of advice, Bob, thanks. I’ve always avoided looking stupid in front of others. And I’m sure it has cost me. I’m trying to get over it. Some guys look like a fool while learning, and still maintain credibility – I’m afraid I won’t. It’s not so much looking dumb that bothers me (well I don’t like it); it’s my fear that my career will be stunted due to it. That I will ruin my reputation.

    And in the corporate world, there are a ton of management guys who do seem to worm their way into middle mgmt positions by playing it real safe. But they don’t have real power. They just have a paycheck (which is good). It would be better have power.

    I really like hearing honest talk from a successful person about how they got there. And these lessons apply to our BUGs stuff (at least for me). It’s good to try new approaches – and some of them will be flops.

  2. #2 by Jason Here on 05/02/2012 - 6:36 am

    By the way, I’d like to hear your views on trade offs between fame, power and money sometime. I think you said you traded credit for power. Yet being famous or having a good reputation can bring you power, can’t it? So don’t you need to get some credit in the long run?

    • #3 by dungeoneer on 05/02/2012 - 12:53 pm

      http://www.whitakeronline.org/blog/2012/03/19/the-mantras-bob-problem/

      “One of the basic ways I have exerted power is by avoiding identifying myself with my own ideas.”

      • #4 by Harumphty Dumpty on 05/02/2012 - 1:11 pm

        Thanks for linking this, since this time I think I understood it.

        I sometimes feel a bit odd when I’m swarming or otherwise trying to spread this, because I suddenly realize, hey, I feel like this stuff is MINE even though it’s NOT mine, it was invented by Bob! Lol! And I think others here must feel the same way.

        And now I realize that we (just me?) feel that way because Bob has done or not done some things to help us feel that way, even though I’m not certain what those things are.

        And this understanding makes me think I’m pressing all this the wrong way on pro-White sites.

        • #5 by Gavin on 05/02/2012 - 2:41 pm

          The best result is when people aren’t even sure if they thought of the idea or if someone else did.

  3. #6 by Jason Here on 05/02/2012 - 6:59 am

    Last Post: Looking dumb is much easier when it’s in an area that’s on the periphery of your core responsibilities No one cares if some VP can’t log into his computer – that’s not what he’s paid for. But if you look really dumb in the core area you were hired to perform, seems like that could hurt you pretty bad.

  4. #7 by Dick_Whitman on 05/02/2012 - 7:06 am

    I guess this means that loyalty is the real reason people are put in high places? People often wonder why the head of the CIA is never a person with 30 years in the clandestine service? The reason must be that the people who decide such things would rather have someone they can trust, as apposed to someone who has been doing that type of job for 30 years (who they don’t know if they can trust)?

    Another reason to put an ex politico in a high business position is to reward him/her for loyalty. Tom Ridge was the first Secretary of Homeland Security. He then went on to serve on the board of Home Depot. Because he did such a good job of keeping the borders open for companies like Home Depot (and of course for WHITE GENOCIDE), he was rewarded with a position that would make his pockets “phat.”

    Good Job Tom Ridge you anti-White ghoul. You got on your knees for the anti-White system and made some cash. Enjoy it while you have it sir.

  5. #8 by dungeoneer on 05/02/2012 - 8:38 am

    With the trust and confidence that I have in my fellow BUGSers`s and their abilities I feel very powerful.From a campaign point of view nothing looks insurmountable (WYDSKY of course).In some ways it has felt almost like clockwork up till now,only needing more motive power to make the hands spin faster.

    Very impressive.

  6. #9 by Dave on 05/02/2012 - 9:55 am

    BUGS is about exerting power.

    You can’t do that if you think you are an observer of your own life.

    The world is chock full of people who suffer from this disability. It is why third stringers like Barack Obama are so easily controlled by others by means wholly invisible to himself. He is a narcissist whose audience is other narcissists, an easy mark.

    Somebody who thinks Adolph Hitler is important has not even begun to fathom power. You have to begin by addressing your disconnect to reality.

    Similarly, people who think art, music, and intellectual life are important indulge themselves in disability. They are controlled by people far more aware than themselves. That pretty much sums up the “fan” culture and academic culture in Europe and America. It is the natural pecking order.

    We are fighting a real enemy. We have no space for indulgence.

  7. #10 by Harumphty Dumpty on 05/02/2012 - 10:04 am

    My professors seemed surprised when I ended up with the best grade in their class, since I was the guy who asked all the dumb questions.

    My insistence on understanding (I was an engineering/math student, so understanding was possible) was always bigger than my ego.

    Of course being willing to look dumb can also be a form of one-upsmanship…”I’m so smart I can afford to look dumb.”

    I’ve played that one a bit, but fortunately the habit of being willing to appear dumb has stayed with me even now that I’m with people among whom I’m NOT so smart.

    Among other things, I really love the intelligence at this site, starting with Bob of course, but including the rest of you all too. There’s not a day that I’m not delighted more than once by the pure intelligence of something I see here.

  8. #11 by Linux Lewis on 05/02/2012 - 1:24 pm

    I would hate to embarrass the Swarm and the intentions of the Swarm.

    If I take a wrong angle, I’d like to know about it. But please be gentle, consider my feelings. I want to Help You Help Me… lol

    Last night I sent out the mantra & UN Resolution 260 to ALL members of Parliament, and a french version to the French house of reps. Nothing more/nothing less in the email. I don’t expect some overwhelming acceptance of what we are doing, I just want them to know that what they are pushing is wrong, and there are people recognizing it.

    I plan to send the same message to members of Congress/Senate, their chiefs of staff, their military/veteran/assistants as well individual state legislators in all 50 states. I will be doing that tonight.

    I have put Mr Whitaker and Mr Avengers email addresses as the contact person/s. If there are things that i should leave out/change in what i am doing, please let me know.

    • #12 by H.Avenger on 05/02/2012 - 5:01 pm

      Linux,

      Putting an actual name on the letters/emails might be better than “horusthewhiterabbit”. I guess we could flip a coin and guess whether staffers would immediately delete that as a publicity stunt.
      Maybe Bob can chime on this one.
      I would think having something that sounds like a real name attached would be taken more serious in the first glance. You can always use “Tom Worth” for my site. I do so on Rense.com etc

  9. #13 by dungeoneer on 05/02/2012 - 2:55 pm

    @Lewis

    That is fine,imo.Well done for getting hold of those e-mails (not to mention the router mac/IP address trick-I thought I was past ultra-techno n00b status! (Linux user/fiddler myself) .

    I put in the mantra with innocuous subject titles to maybe avoid some possible filtering.

  10. #14 by Coniglio Bianco on 05/02/2012 - 3:37 pm

    ‘Linux Lewis’

    Which parliament are you talking about? Have you considered writing a letter of complaint and sending it out as well? I think you should use a pen name for the contact information or just leave it anonymous but other than that it’s fine.

    The more complaints we have on the record the better and it sets a legal precedent. No one will be able to say that no one told them that what they were doing was wrong. This will be an important factor in the determination of guilt and therefore legal responsibility at some time in the future.

  11. #15 by Linux Lewis on 05/02/2012 - 4:39 pm

    @dungeoneer, so far i have received “auto-replies” from most of them, so they are getting through.

    @Coniglio I am talking about UK Parliament House of Lords/MPs

    I tend to think the Mantra IS my letter of complaint lol. Although I am new to the Swarm, I am not new to debating my position as a white person, the Mantra sums up all of my complaints much better than I could do it.

    I have considered not putting any contact information, but I figured if there was a remote possibility that someone would like to discuss it further, I would at least leave the appropriate contacts. Maybe you are right

  12. #17 by dungeoneer on 05/02/2012 - 5:05 pm

    “i have received “auto-replies” from most of them, so they are getting through.”

    Yes,but they go into the MP staff`s folder,and we`re sending them to every MP so once they cotton on that they`re being deluged they could mass delete all the e-mails with the same subject header,no?

  13. #18 by Coniglio Bianco on 05/02/2012 - 5:30 pm

    ‘dungeoneer’

    No one is going to be deleting any emails. If you send any kind of correspondence to the government it gets read and then it goes into a file. This is true especially in the UK they keep absolutely everything.

    • #19 by dungeoneer on 05/02/2012 - 6:15 pm

      Maybe you`re right Coniglio,but it`s still a good idea not to raise red flags if we can help it.

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