It's been about two weeks since I wrote a blog. I needed a break - RL has been busy. And maybe it's because I play CN too much, or because it's simply true, I've found several correlations between RL and CN which I find to hold true. The two in particular are concerns of efficiency in an organization that is not democratic, and one dealing with people.
For the first one, I had a job interview at the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Transportation. That's the OIG DOT (yeah, RL is covered with alphabet soup acronyms too. I find it annoying). Basically, the OIG serves as oversight to the DOT, to make sure they do their job correctly and efficiently. In a market, usually the concern for efficiency is greater, but the mechanism to increase efficiency is much much more effective - competition. In an organization as large and as massive as the DOT, where there is no competition for the services that it provides, efficiency is dictated by the OIG, or an oversight organization, similar - on a much larger scale - to how some of the alliances work. In larger alliances, there may be, for example, the following setup:
Minister of Economics
---Tech trading supervisor
------Tech pod coordinator
---Trade Circle supervisor
Basically, every level is more or less responsible for making sure that the level beneath them is doing their job. The levels can seem annoying, but it also makes sense. The same applies to many government agencies - higher ups are not responsible for data analysis, but rather of seeing the larger picture and making sure those under them are doing their job properly.
The other comparison is probably much more relevant. I was reading a book that was something of a guide on how to interact with others (especially in pertaining to those who are seeking a job). The material was quite useful, and I stumbled upon a very interesting tidbit: the two essential desires common in every human being are as follows: sexual satisfaction and the desire to feel important. In CN, there is obviously no sexual satisfaction, but many of the leaders have a desire to feel important in some way. In fact, that's how many people get promoted to a position - they want to feel important and have an impressive title. Some BS their way to the position, while others work hard for it, but the desire is essentially the same, and a useful tool for those who want to organize their alliance.