To illustrate how it works, here's the scream pyramid for a professional football team:
Coach can't scream at the Owner
, but can scream at anyone else. The Quarterback
can scream at his teammates, but not at his coaches. And the Punter
screams at no one. He's lucky to have a job.
It's no different inside your office, as exemplified by my own corporate
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you find yourself at the bottom, don't fret. The beauty
of the pyramid is that there's always someone available
to be the new foundation. The janitorial crew, the sleepy-eyed security man, or anyone who doesn't speak English are great places to start.
Barney: "Hey! Don't yell at me, remember your place in the Pyramid of Screaming."