And the Wall Street Journal tries to convince us that zero-based budgeting, or as I call it, the Ebenezer Scrooge method of management, is going to save us all.
This "marvelous", Texas originating, method is obviously a bunch of shit, just like trickle down economics. It may seem like a good idea, but when you apply it in real life, it just doesn't work.
If you waste your time and energy at work with ridiculous things like using less toilet paper, or using the most economical text for printed paper, or rationalizing the coffee or drinking one less beverage per week or sacking a bunch of people just to scare the remaining employees into overworking themselves to death, you will miss the real opportunities and you won't have time to implement a cohesive vision. Sure, you may save some money in the short term, but you will end up losing a lot more on long term.
We, as car enthusiasts, have taken the results of this bean counting method, right in the face. Just think of how many awesome cars were never given to us because they couldn't make a business case or because narrow minded, corporate tools couldn't see the long term benefits and the halo effect, of those cars. The manuals are doing down because bean counters think that it's too costly to offer two types of gearboxes on the same models.