* hi. this post is just a lil’ story, written with my tongue in my cheek, with nothing to find between the lines, and to be taken with a grain – or pinch – of salt.
there are three kinds that co-exist in the business of business; bag-holders, artful-dodgers, and houdinis.
1. bag-holders. these are the kind who are left, figuratively, holding the bag of number-crunching, word-typing, and paper-printing necessary for business-running. these kind usually do a lot of thinking that no one hears aloud. when things need to be done, the bag-holders feel accountable and responsible for the things. it’s upsetting for them when things don’t get done because usually they will be the ones blamed. they were the ones left holding the bag, after all.
2. art-full dodgers. these are the kind who dodge doing things, except the job-delagating, non-committing, finger-pointing, shmoozy-lunching necessary for business-running. these kind usually do a little thinking that everybody hears aloud. when things need to be done, the artful-dodgers know how to have the things roll off of their backs like water off of a duck and into the hands of a bag-holder.
3. houdinis. these are the kind that are almost mythical in the level and power of decision-making, question-causing, and magic-making necessary for business-running. these kind are thought to do an immense amount of thinking that is likely heard aloud but probably only by other houdinis. when things need to be done, they rely on the charismatic artful-dodgers, who leave the bag-holders with all the things. then, the houdinis disappear. and their timing is impeccable.
now, in the land of the business of business, the artful-dodgers want to be houdinis. you see, for an artful-dodger, the art of disappearing is the greatest and most-difficult trick. to disappear is to never have things to do or pass off artfully to a bag-holder. all of the dodging is quite tiring, of course. in addition, artful dodgers want to be the ones making the decisions, because in the artful-dodgers’ opinion, their few thoughts heard aloud by everyone are just brilliant.
the bag-holders are in a predicament – between their own bags and the artful-dodgers’ bags, they’re too busy doing things and thinking about them than thinking about what they want to be. some of the bag-holders will always stay bag-holders. some of the bag-holders like holding bags and juggling things and thinking about them.
most of the bag-holders get angry. some of them want to be artful-dodgers. oh, how great it must be like to get away without doing things. oh, how grand it must feel to shout thoughts aloud for everyone to hear them. some bag-holders learn to be artful at dodging things and wangle their way into artful-dodger-dom, to let their things fall into the hands of new bag-holders.
but there is one last type of bag-holder. this one last type is very rare. these are the kind who learn from watching artful-dodgers, houdinis, and other bag-holders. they learn things from holding bags, doing things, and thinking a lot with no one hearing aloud. these are the kind that become the best at decision-making, question-causing, and magic-making necessary for business-running. it is said that they make the best houdinis.