Irving Janis is credited with the term ‘Groupthink’ but wasn’t promoting it as a good idea. Janis said that when we are in decision making groups, the pressure to maintain a consensus results in less critical thinking. Selective bias starts to show in the way the group reacts to factual information, mass media, experts and … Continue reading On Groupthink and Old Soldiers
My wonderful former colleague, Bob, has just sent a fabulous link on corporate jargon. Some thoughtful person called Andrew Davidson has produced a jargon generator for anyone needing to turn plain language into sentences like these; ‘We will revalue our capability to brand without lessening our power to reinvent. We understand that it is better … Continue reading The Jargon Generator
Max De Pree wrote about the true meaning of diversity in his book, Leadership is an Art, back in 1989. My father is ninety-six years old. He is the founder of Herman Miller, and much of the value system and impounded energy of the company, a legacy still drawn on today, is part of his … Continue reading Remembering the Millwright
Dearest Followers I'm sending A different sort of post this week. I thought it was time to advertise the second book and so here it is, with the website link attached. Thanks to Mary, who over lunch yesterday said, 'so where is this book and in fact, where was the first one?' Mary is like that. … Continue reading The book…
I encountered a young woman with a staggering level of arrogance and bad manners a few years ago. My colleagues had sent in a proposal for some work and I was representing them that day. All their ideas were dismissed as being too old. ‘But I wasn’t even born then!’ she said about well-respected models … Continue reading The Whistle (Still) Doesn’t Drive the Train.
I recently came across a 2014 article from The Atlantic Journal by Kevin Roose titled; The Woes of Wall Street; Why Young Bankers are so Miserable. Roose claims to have spent three years shadowing a group of young Wall Street workers. (That might have needed some explaining down at the precinct). He concluded that the … Continue reading On Herzberg, Fried Chicken and Freedom
In 1887, Nietzsche wrote; ‘one thinks with a watch in one’s hand, even as one eats one’s midday meal while reading the latest news of the stock market.’ Nietzsche blamed his habit of distraction on a human desire for haste. ‘Haste is universal because everyone is in flight from himself.’ Blaise Pascal wrote earlier still, … Continue reading Distrac…..oh look! A butterfly
David, who was mentioned last week, just sent a link on the subject of unhelpful business language. It was a review of the book, Who Touched Base in My Thought Shower: A Treasury of Unbearable Office Jargon by Stephen Poole. Some of the prime offenders for author Poole are; journey, backfill, going forward, leverage, no-brainer, … Continue reading No, it’s not rocket science.
David* (actually that is his real name) once lamented that some of his colleagues would rather die than say ‘we’ve stuffed it up.’ Instead, catchy phrases were used to paper over the cracks of reality. We’re not failing. We’re restructuring. We’re not looking at why we’re a mess. We’re conducting an organizational review. We’re not … Continue reading Failure is an option.
The whole Mindfulness trend was something I ignored for as long as I could. I felt sure it would require yoga pants and Birkenstocks. As it descended into the world of fridge magnets and miniature books full of quotes, I felt quietly justified that I had avoided another fad. Professor Martin Seligman and John Tierney … Continue reading Should we mind if we’re not mindful?