Practice Taoist management

Mark Liberman reports at Language Log about a weirdly misdirected and likely pointless invitation to take part in a survey. 

The post is of some interest in displaying how much management bloviation is creeping into the academic world, an invasive species threatening the native woody growth. 

But the brilliant element is a single sentence in which you will find the germ of a method to cope with the management types that infest your workplace: 

"I do my best to follow Taoist management practices, but I like to keep track of which responsibilities I'm fulfilling by creative...