It sounds like you've been attending too many executive brainwashing seminars. Excessive positive thinking only allows one to be more easily manipulated. You see, too much of anything can be bad, positive or negative thinking, so what I propose is alittle more critical thinking instead of putting blind faith in your managers and executives.
Kobalt, look at it this way, a guild or union is a tool, not a boss. A guild would not tell you what to do, it would keep a path clear to allow you to do what you wish to do and make a living by doing so. If you want to be an individual so badly, why do you go to work? The managers and others only tell you what to do and expect that you blindly follow those directives without question. At least a guild would be able to intervene at points and say that this is the way it should be done in IT when it makes more sense from a technical perspective. (the cases where management were technically inept).
An individual must still give sway to external forces and recognize the effect that they have on one's bearing in order to lead his or her own course in life. To ignore the external world while on one's path is an invitation to folly and failure and that is what you are proposing that we do.I propose that we band together in order to minimize the external forces which may prevent us from achieving our goals as individuals, thus allowing all of us to remain individuals without having to bow down to the will of the corporate and become amindless simpering suit like the others who sell their souls and dreams for the company good and CEO's profit.
Both sides can benefit and grow, but both sides will die when one or the other is allowed to whither. If employers keep trying to poundIT into submission then everyone will suffer. I suggest we do something about it for everyone's well being.
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