There was a great article in this morning's Des Moines Register about a Vice President at Principal Financial Group, Jerry Patterson, who turns the corporate antics around him into art. Having been employed by and contracted at PFG, I'm sure there is no lack of corporate fodder to inspire him. His artwork has a bit of an edge to it, playing off the years of material he's observed while working at the Des Moines employment giant. You can view some of his artwork at his website, including the image to the right. Congratulations, Jerry, on the well-deserved publicity.
I've been thinking about creative outlets quite a bit recently. Scott Adams turned his days of dysfunctionality at one of the Baby Bells into Dilbert. Personally, I have journals bursting at the seams with notes about specific people and their behaviors over the years. Earlier in my career, I figured out that I could either let the difficult personalities get to me, or I could just make a few notes about them during the exchange and preserve the moment for later. The results of that behavioral record-keeping have been Race Through The Forest and GUST. The best compliments I receive on either book are when people ask if I've been spying on them in their companies. Regardless of which "big box employer" or "small mom and pop shop" you work for, there will always be bad behavior.
The question is: do you let it get to you or have you created an effective and healthy way of coping with it?