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Michael Scott and You

Michael Scott and You

What we can learn from The Office’s Michael Scott.


Michael Scott is a rebel.

I know. You probably think of him as the silly boss on the Office. The guy who can't stop begging for attention, who loves telling inappropriate jokes and who is desperately, desperately looking for love.

But Michael Scott, he's hardcore.

He inhabits a world full of ridiculous rules. A world of corporate hierarchy, women without consciences, and people who just won't stop putting him down. But Michael Scott, seven seasons into the series, and on his way out any episode now, has stood up to them all.

Michael always seems to find a way to get himself into trouble. He's always saying something inappropriate, hiring someone who doesn't deserve the job or finding some way to offend everyone around him.

Michael Scott simply is. He is a force of nature.

But as the seasons have progressed, we have seen that Michael simply doesn't fit into the corporate culture, a world where people have to pretend to be something rather than be who they really are. Michael simply is. He is a force of nature.

And for some reason, everyone has something to say to Michael. They all seem to know better than him. Whether Oscar is shooting him down, Stanley is yelling at him or even his own nephew is mocking him, Michael is the constant target of attacks. But Michael -- he's tough as nails, he is. And through it all, he's remained the boss, the one on top.

It's true, Michael has his faults. He is not perfect. He can hardly breathe without craving attention. He can’t separate between work and personal. He tries to take credit for other people's work.

But Michael already knows this about himself. He can hardly handle living without the love of his life, Holly. He is insecure and feels alone. And he realizes it. He’s remarkably self-aware.

But that is what makes him truly strong. He knows he ain't perfect. He knows he's got a ways to go. But he doesn't let the backwards, crazy, bizarre world around him tell him how to live his life.

And this is why he always seems to win in the end. It is why he remained regional manager of his office even after Dunder Mifflin, the company he works for, fell. And it is how he has managed to create a work environment that his employees actually love.

And it is with that same indomitable spirit that he pursues his dream of a career as an actor, by taking improv classes and rehearsing for plays. And it is why he will pursue Holly to the end of the world.

Michael Scott is the man. He's the man because he's just like you and me. In a backwards world, trying, working, fighting to create the life he envisions for himself.

And just like you and me, he will succeed.

February 12, 2011

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(1) brett, February 14, 2011 7:57 PM

strong reaction

Thank you for writing about the character Michael Scott. I have always been highly entertained and facinated by his behavior on the show. Whenever I talk to people about the character they have a strong reaction either for or against him. I find the people who dislike him most carry many of Michael Scott's shortcomings. I know the things I cringe at are many times common to myself. I find the analysis of him in this article very thoughtful. Thanks again.

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