I am a big fan of Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip. He has a funny essay in The Wall Street Journal on the inspirational effect of management. A sliver:
“Imagine a parallel universe where employees enjoy going to work. They feel empowered and fulfilled — so much so that they don’t care about the size of their paychecks and never want to leave their jobs. That’s exactly the sort of nightmare scenario that would destroy the economy. The last thing this world needs is a bunch of dopey-happy workers who can’t stop humming and grinning. Our system requires a continuous supply of highly capable people who are so disgruntled with their jobs that they are willing to chew off their own arms to escape their bosses. The economy needs hamster-brained sociopaths in management to drive down the opportunity cost of entrepreneurship. Luckily, we’re blessed with an ample supply.”
Adams provides a few real-life examples. Read the whole thing here.