You could also read the classic book; but having said that, the movie is not without its charms. Either way, Catch-22 is still one of the best piss-takes of organisational behaviour there is.

Yes it’s the American Army in World War II… but even today you can pick-up virtually all the characters, plonk them down on any modern corporation, and still be smacked in the face by the analogy.

From the efficiently ineffective Milo, right through to Major Major’s vanishing manager routine. And of course, the paradox of Catch-22 itself; as alive and well today as it was over 50 years ago.

We’ve all had a boss like that, right?

At a place I used to work, it went like this:
• “All work must be approved by <the boss> before it goes to air.”
• “Cool. He needs to approve this.”
• “He’s not here.”
• “But it has to go to air tonight.”
• “All work must be approved by <the boss> before it goes to air.”

Then, repeat…

Posted by Charley Holland

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