PATTERNS

Patterns

On October 17th and 19th, we viewed the movie Patterns in class. Patterns
took place in the old Chrysler building during the 1950\'s. It showed how success
in the business world could be achieved dishonestly. Greed for success and money
can sometimes take the place of honesty and integrity.

Mr. Ramsey is the President of the Ramsey Company. He inherited the company
from his deceased father. Mr. Ramsey was looking to improve his company
throughout the movie, no matter who or what got it his way, similar to
Machiavelli\'s way, which is discussed in chapter 4. Mr. Ramsey is like
Machiavelli in that he is willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants
in the end, as long as the end justifies the means. Mr. Ramsey will accept
nothing less than taking his company to the top. Case in point, Mr. Ramsey took
over the Anderson Company and downsized it to 3,000 employees from that company
in order to make a profit. Mr. Ramsey did not care whether 3,000 people were
going to be out of work. All Mr. Ramsey cared about was money and success that
his company would have by the downsizing. Mr. Ramsey always has this need for
power and achieves a great deal of it by hurting other people, but obviously
that was not a concern when he saw potential for profit.

Mr. Ramsey follows Maslow\'s Needs of Hierarchy, in the sense that once you go
up the hierarchy of needs; you never go down a level. Mr. Ramsey always wanted
to remain in Theory Y, which are the higher needs, but the need level that he
really wanted to be was in self-actualization. Mr. Ramsey is so emphatic about
making his company reach such great heights that he even took the time to read
Mr. Staple\'s report at Staple\'s party on his own leisure time. By doing so,
Ramsey proves the company is what he dedicates his whole life to. Therefore,
Ramsey\'s terminal value is making his company a total success that is when and
only when Mr. Ramsey finds happiness, pleasure, and self-respect. The
instrumental values that Mr. Ramsey uses in order to achieve his goal is through
ambition, responsibility, and imagination. Mr. Ramsey feels being intelligent
and ambitious gets you what you want and then you fulfill all the
responsibilities and tasks at hand just as long as you have the motivation and
drive to do so.

Mr. Ramsey has a high self-esteem despite the fact that he is never satisfied
with improving the company. For instance, throughout the movie Mr. Ramsey says,
"The business has been running well because of me." I believe running
a business is a team effort and everyone plays an important role. Mr. Ramsey is
so impressed with the way he runs his business that he even puts down his father
by saying "My old man did not know how to run this company into being a
success like I do".

Mr. Ramsey believed in one-way communication when he spoke and everybody just
listened to him. Mr. Ramsey never wanted his judgement questioned. For example,
when Mr. Briggs questioned Mr. Ramsey\'s judgement concerning business matters,
and when Ramsey spoke about the report that Mr. Staples and Mr. Briggs worked on
together, Mr. Ramsey felt Mr. Briggs was not intelligent enough to come up with
such ideas and gave all of the credit to Mr. Staples, as well as giving Staples
a high appraisal while Mr. Briggs was given a poor appraisal from Mr. Ramsey. By
Briggs attempting to speak up on a subject matter, Mr. Ramsey immediately cut
him off while speaking and trying to bring out important points. That was rude,
not to mention discourteous.

Mr. Briggs has been the Vice President of the Ramsey Company for the past 40
years. Mr. Briggs on the other hand is the complete opposite of Mr. Ramsey. Mr.
Briggs is more concerned about a need for affiliation in maintaining close,
intimate relationships among co-workers and other companies that he does
business with, rather than trying to make money for a capital gain like Mr.
Ramsey. For example, Mr. Brigg\'s previous secretary, Miss Fleming, was sad that
she was to be assigned to be Mr. Staple\'s secretary because she knew that Briggs
was a nice man and she respected him because he was kind to her and he had good
values since he was a people person. It does not take much to show courtesy or
common decency to say good morning or to ask how someone