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Friday, March 28, 2008

Those damned teams

What's Mallard raving about today?

Leadership Seminars.

Mallard has no interest in leadership, teamwork, or self-improvement. Yup, sounds about right.


Matt Ramone said...

"Considering the thoughts of others is more of a time waster than I care to say. Is Sean Hannity on? I only like people that reinforce my worst thoughts."

BillyWitchDoctor said...

Beautifully capped off with that trademark self-impressed asshole smirk.

Under the "unintentional personal revelation" category: Tinny may be telling us he didn't make it to fifth grade. Because I'm pretty sure staying behind is never optional.

That would explain a lot about Tinny, wouldn't it?

dlauthor said...

Yeah, my first thought about the comic was "... instead of dropping out and watching TV all the time."

Thing is, I hate hate hate those team-building exercises too, but for me it's because to me they've always seemed like forced attempts to inflict some HR consultant's wonky pet theories on environments where they don't belong. Whereas Tinshley's argument appears to be "ew, other people are icky! I might have to talk to liberals!"

Which makes me, by instinct at this point, want to like team-building/leadership exercises. Damn you, duck!

rewinn said...

Mr. Noseworthy is Mallard's boss. Mallard is "declining the invitation" to learn more of what-ever it is that his employer wants him to learn. It may be b.s. but it's his employer's b.s..

Mallard has a very strong sense of entitlement to his paycheck.

Kinda ironic, ain't it!

Dave Robidenza said...

I, as well, loathe the cutesy games which are rife at seminars at conferences. Were this any other strip, I'd probably nod my head in agreement and move on to Family Circus. But this is one of those strips which shows Bruce's alleged conservatism to be nothing more than deep-seated, pathological misanthropy.

And can't the man plan out a weekly series of strips? The gun theme bled over into this week, then we had the Obama strips, suddenly we're ranting about general human interaction. He tries to walk the line between a Doonesbury or Bloom County - a political themed strip with running plots and characters - and a daily one-off editorial panel. The result is a chilling window into the ADHD-addled mind of a sad, bitter man.

factinista said...

Mallard sees his boss in person on a near-daily basis. Why doesn't he just tell this to his face?

Because he knows that if he did, Mr. Noseworthy would throw his feathery butt out on the street. I bet he's not even sending an email. He's just typing that to stroke his ego.

exanonymous said...

I don't like leadership seminars either. Except if it's a really fun ones! Wait, I do like the bad ones. I like to mess with the people leading them.

I don't think it's the talking to liberals that has Mallard so scared as much as the fact that what they do might actually require physical and mental effort. Maybe it's a high ropes course or something! Mallard's too fat to fly now.