I had read this article, by Jerry Harvey, when it was published in Organizational Dynamics journal, I think, in 1977. Recently, I discovered it once again (as a chapter in his book Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management)...
...It is a depressingly insightful and hilariously zany look at the contemporary organisations - that sadly remains as much relevant now, as it was then.
- the more facile he becomes in flicking flies,
- the more skillful he becomes at appropriating others' lily pads, and
- the more adroit he becomes at maintaining the swamp,
the more likely he is to become phresident.