Even if they are hyper clean, usually they can't halt the internal menace without calling in professional help. That would be an exterminator.
Cockroach Power is one kind of pressure tactic which famous journalist Hedrick Smith didn't describe in his book "The Power Game." Here it can ordered from Amazon.
But it's certainly operational in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. And, if that doesn't pan out, in his later career.
How the dynamic began was the accusation of Christine Ford that Kavanaugh treated her in a sexually inappropriate way when they were in high school. If Kavanaugh doesn't step down before 10:00 A.M. Thursday, that allegation will be investigated in a U.S. Senate hearing.
Then two other women appeared.
Now, reports Joe Tacopino in the New York Post, more recently:
"The anonymous complaint, sent to Sen. Cory Gardiner (R-Colorado), says Kavanaugh was drunk and threw a woman up against a wall in a sexual manner after a social event in Washington D.C. … The Senate Judiciary Committee is looking into [this incident which allegedly] took place in 1998 …"
What has formed and hardened seemingly is a pattern in Kavanaugh's behavior: consumption of excess alcohol and then sexual misconduct.
If that pattern can be proven or, as we in public relations all know, if enough people believe it, Kavanaugh could become undone.
He could himself back out of the nomination.
The Senate Judiciary Committee could back out of confirming him.
The confirmation could come through but he could become a marked man on the U.S. Supreme Court. Unlike Clarence Thomas, he may not be able to recover his sense of a professional self and his performance will be lackluster. He will leave no legacy at SCOTUS.
Cockroach power not only is a tactic in politics. In any group of human beings, be it a small village in Africa or the accounting department in a Fortune10, once one or two negatives pop up in public, there is bound to be a build-up of suspicion.
The person, procedure, or policy targeted could be in serious trouble.
At that point, professionals have to be called in. They could be executive coaches, public relations experts, or lawyers.
Cockroach power is to be feared. For that very reason many opt out of organizational life (or society and live off the grid) and make their living in ways less vulnerable to that menace.
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