If you thought getting ahead in corporate America was a question of merit, talent, or hard work, this story will tell you differently. You will read about how a few mediocre executives thought they would get there and what they got for over a decade of game-playing.
First, meet the characters. The most ambitious of them was a mediocre CEO who made a career helping founders find buyers for quick money-making through acquisition. We will call him the Troll. He was the sort of CEO that never sticks around to build anything but brags about his specialty of getting startups to acquisition in short stints. The second character is a CEO friend who modeled his career strategy on the first. We will call him the Copycat. The third is a ride-along Vice-President of Engineering who followed a founder in the creation of a product. We will call him the Loader Ride Along. The fourth is a mediocre middle-manager who felt that entry into the executive ranks was his birthright for being a baal viper. We will call him the Small Boss.
Players at one point engaged in the usual corporate political games. But zeal for the baal world increasingly leads to hardcore human sacrifices, particularly for those whose souls originate from that world. These four characters are in that second category.
In 2000, the Troll arrived at a startup to do his hat-trick. He brought on board unsuspecting new hires to invent an organizational chart for the buyers and to use these hires in games. He blessed a bogus development project to keep the staff busy. He wrote the Wikipedia article for the marketing bit and went on a search for suitors. As he did this he also launched a set of human sacrifices. The main ones were an employee, the Achiever, and some people close to her. The minor ones were staff he fired for superficial reasons: he could use this in games.
The Troll got his cues to sacrifice the Achiever from the Small Boss. This boss sent her to him for that purpose. The Troll focused all the energies of the startup on that. In fact the new hires he made were specifically for the evils he planned to do to her. He brought an elderly guy out of retirement to claim that she wronged him, to use this in baal games for evil. He made another hire who was to follow her in her native land with his ethnic group. He made other hires whose names he used in word games. Read ‘God No Longer Welcome’, ‘An Unusual Startup Exit Strategy’, and ‘Rise of Mediocrity to CXO’ for the stories.
When he got his human sacrifices all set up, he brought along the Copycat, the Loader, and the Small Boss. They were all to ride his game and reuse the same human sacrifice to earn their prizes in the baal world, i.e. career success, net-worth, etc… They pretended to select which side of her life each of them would harm: employment, financial security, litigation, family life, religion, housing… But they lacked the discipline to stick with a plan, evil controls them too much. Which of them did what when was based on who had the most evil zeal or whose strings the Troll was pulling. He made his fellow mediocre bosses think he had a game for them, but did not tell them he would control them as they play his game.
Over fifteen years they destroyed the career of the Achiever, sacrificed a number of human beings around her, disrupted her family life, used the baal world to do other evils. With the exception of the Troll none of then went anywhere with their career to prove impressive success that would justify their evils. The Troll went from a 32 person startup to 400 persons adding to his net-worth with fast acquisitions. But his Copycat stayed at the small startup CEO level, mostly less than a 100 persons, and did this 3 or 4 times. When this players’ game was launched he was at a 30+ person startup just like the Troll. At one point he faked his own consulting venture to pad his resume. The Troll taunted him about his lack of success in comparison.
The Small Boss managed to use his baal gifts to get jobs that look good on his resume. But he went from being middle manager for a 7 to 10 person group to marketing exec at a 50 person startup. He probably went from manager to being an exec with a secretary. Only someone as mediocre as he is could pretend impressive success in that.
The Loader Ride Along for a decade was riding the life’s work of a successful entrepreneur. After that businessman sold his company to a major US corporation the Ride Along was resentful. He envied the net-worth but also was concerned about having to make the effort to look for a different entrepreneur to ride. Because of this he stayed for a while beyond the acquisition. Then just like the Copycat he invented a consulting venture to pad his resume. He did until he found the same type of engineering exec job for a company similar to the one where he was when he got into the game. For him evil did not bring impressive success either. The best he was able to do with his baal game was to bring down the major corporation that made his former associate so wealthy. They were struggling three years after the acquisition, were bought out, then went out of business. The media might have a different story for their demise, but net-worth jealousy of the mediocre in the baal world was the most important factor.
These four characters prove that in the corporate world the mediocre have a very different way of thinking than gifted professionals about what is success and what it takes to achieve it. They are incapable of building anything. They count on their ability to influence with their baal spells to get for themselves jobs with impressive titles. The use these jobs tonadd to their net-worth just what their greed and their game bring to them.
Mediocrity could always be satisfied with scraps from satan’s children. Because their minds are in the hands of the baal vipers they could even be made to feel virtuous for it. But players beware. The Troll brought along fools who thought there would be a lot for them in his game. They were wrong. The Troll played them. His most recent acquisition stint is about to land him a percentage of a billion dollars deal. What did his fellow players get tor their efforts? He got to play them.
For these four ambitious mediocre bosses game playing never got them anywhere near the executive suite of a Fortune 100 corporation. One might speculate that their zeal for evil hindered instead their already mediocre performance, as proven by the stagnation or downgrading some of them found. They became chained across the world, too absorbed by evil. Now they are fast heading for retirement. The Troll and the Ride Along are in their mid to late sixties. The other two are in their late fifties. As a side note it seems the career management of mediocrity in the baal involves faking their age to seem more youthful for their ‘accomplishments’. Regardless, here they are after almost two decades of being players in the corporate game heading for a future of being full-time stalking demons. They won’t get enough commonsense, brains, or humility in them to avoid that fate. Net-worth won’t save them from it either.