I fail to understand, in our modern society, why we retain this system of management-worker relations that is more appropriate to the mid-twentieth century. We rarely have strikes anymore (the ones that stand out are those by millionaire athletes, not laborers). We have effectively replicated the feudal system in modern times, with management operating as the king's court, complete with courtiers vying for executive favors. The best advice I can give my children (and this goes for more than just IT careers - doctors and lawyers play this game too) is to be mediocre at your job, but excel at playing the corporate system. Since government is likewise organized, and the corporate world wields so much power, this arrangement is not likely to change without a revolution - economic or otherwise.