HIGHTOWER: Corporate Managers Go "New Age"

The lights are dimmed, the room is silent except for the ethereal strains of New Age music in the background to set the mood. Then the "Visioning Guru" urges her client to think of someone she admires -- even a dead person -- and to conduct an imaginary "conversation" with that person.Where are we? Not in the White House, where Hillary Clinton is widely reported to have had several "chats" with Eleanor Roosevelt, but in any number of management training seminars with uptight, Republican-thinking upper executives from such staid, "Old Age" corporations as GM, Eli Lily and Quaker Oats.While the Republicans and the media had a field day with Hillary, hooting at her imaginary chats with Ghandi and Mrs. Roosevelt, it turns out that she's no more touchie-feelie than the corporate big wigs who routinely are enrolled in programs with "Human Potential Consultants" -- apparently to "get in touch" with their inner executive.At least Hillary is conversing with altruists and humanitarians -- the executive-suite crowd is more likely trying to commune with the Robber Barons or with such modern day thieves as Michael Milkin and Donnie Trump.Also, Hillary's New Age venture was pretty tame stuff compared to what Professor Robert Bies puts his corporate clients through in his organizational behavior course at Georgetown University's School of Business. He sends them out in public in broad daylight and has them scream as loudly as they can. Professor Bies says that he also has executives "pretend they're a bowl of jello, or I have them bark like a dog."Remember, corporations pay Professor Bies to do this. And remember, too, these are the executives making life and death decisions about your economic future.Do you think this helps explain why today's corporate bosses are treating American workers like dogs?

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