High status deadens experience

That Bob Sutton piece on GM also has a great attack on how the company dishes out free cars as perks. The higher you are in the company, the more attractive the deal. At low levels you buy your own car and look after it. As you rise you get a free car but you still have to look after it. Rise further, any you get better freebies and don’t have to take care of servicing. As you get near Mount Olympus you get a limo and a driver.

As Bob points out, the higher up the company you go, the less experience you have of what it’s like to own a GM car. Crazy.

Bonus link: a previous post inspired by Bob on how easily the smallest amount of power corrupts – as measured in cookie crumbs.

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