In a message dated 3/6/99 11:22:46 AM, Glen wrote:
<< Could you elaborate on what you consider the roles of the Good Cop & Bad
Cop, and what you believe are the benefits of this model. Is this a on the possible necessity of Evil or a Satanic type figure?
Well Glen, starting in my family (vis a vis my daughter) I'm the hard disciplinarian and my wife is the softy, in our business I'm the creative positive motivator and my wife is the penny pinching "we need more sales" type.
Talking to friends with children, it seems that they have the same model although there is fluidity in who is the good cop and who is the bad cop, and other married business owners seem to be the same.
When I was in the Weapons Dept. on the USS Hunley, we had a hard ass Chief and a "good guy" First Class.
Maybe it's just the old "carrot and stick approach," but it does seem fairly ubiquitous and thus worth expanding and generalizing.