Fragility and Risk, the modern Scylla and Charybdis lure the enterprise to wrecking stations and require response;

So do not show us how clever you are with feats of rhetoric and applause, awards and more.

But exceed the budget, drive the business hard, and consider bold outcomes in both halves;

Better your personal best, let them elevate the bar.

There’s glory, team, in over-delivery; and under promising is the lower profile, safer route to bonus.

There’s peer group respect as well, jealousy’s far better than contempt;

There’s safety in numbers rather than words and flaky visions; trust in the protected, padded cells of spreadsheets your priority tasks and recall

The springs of human motivation respond more to golden sticks than insubstantial carrots, the root vegetable of the loser.