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You'd be surprised how fast rank gets pulled when the money stops flowing. Management structure is basically irrelevant at a company that's doing well. It's only under stress that you understand why the military has a strict hierarchical structure. It's to prevent organizational collapse under extraordinary conditions.

In the military you are trained to go into extraordinary conditions. The reasons for this exercise is to stay out of the extraordinary 'issues'.

I'd like to read more about this. Do you have any sources?

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