It was 20 years ago today when Dilbert first appeared. And made Scott Adams a corporate hero.
I always loved Dilbert, but must admit that I never fully understood the humor until I started working in Corporate America. I worked for the pointy haired boss who used to try to coerce the masses with wacky-ass-illogical ramblings. I think everyone has met a Catbert, the evil HR Director. Everyone has a coworker like Wally who goes through life doing as little as possible, yet stays employed. We have all had that overly optimistic intern that gives you the urge to show them the true view of Corporate America. And, for a time, we employed a Ratbert. I tagged his work using hot pink post-it notes we found after a Marketing person left. And whenever he was annoying people because he was bored, I would pull out a drawer full of tangled cables, dump it on the floor, and tell him to untangle them and put them back in the drawer. Anyway, Happy Birthday Dilbert – thanks for the laughs, and in some cases, the inspiration.
To commemorate the occasion, I thought I would share a few of my favorite…
I couldn’t find Meeting Bingo….but I think this does a great job of summarizing the key phrase you need to know in Corporate America. Use them, and you will be viewed as smart or a smart ass…or people won’t know. At least that’s my personal experience. But, if you use them all in a performance review, the boss will love it.
This is so fucking true!
I have actually said this to a user calling to complain about the slow Internet performance. The dead silence on the end of the phone was funny, but told me I needed to go look at his computer to make sure it wasn’t true.
I actually had a boss who went on a Knowledge Management kick. It never yielded any results. Wonder why?
Sadly, our Engineers used to refer to us as Mordac the Preventer. So I would just take more stuff from them.