re: How To Budget Your Way To Irrelevance
I worked for a company where we missed our planned targets. The CEO addressed the company and, with a straight face, told everyone that we're still very profitable and I reassured everyone that you don't "save your way to success". Then he proceed to cut employees, freeze salaries, cut benefits and look for every possible opportunity to save money up to and including cutting custodial and building maintenance services to the point where employees emptied their own trash cans, the bathrooms were filthy and the building started to have pest problems (insects).
I agree with your article but I'm skeptical the all mighty bean counters can be contained.