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The Ridiculously Obvious

Over the years, I don’t know how many times I’ve heard smug, self-important consultants and coaches spout things like: “If your org doesn’t do what I say and/or you don’t get what you want, you should just leave“. Of course, like much of what they say is, it is literally true – you can indeed leave. However, here’s an interesting counterpoint:

“To say people have choice when they are in no position to make one is disingenuous.” – John Seddon

Consultants and coaches love to spout platitudes and self-evident truths couched in the fancy “new” language of the latest fad. Amazingly, stating the ridiculously obvious is what they get paid the big bux to do. To these high-horse riders, life for others is always much simpler than it really is. As outsiders looking in, they have what Nassim Taleb calls: “no skin in the game“. The only thing they have to concern themselves about is sucking up enough to the executives who run the show so that they can get hired back after their $2k/day gig is done. And saying the right things, no matter how impractical they are to implement, is the way they do it.

The Obvious

  1. Rainee
    March 15, 2014 at 1:43 am

    A former conservative government here in Australia labelled its attack on the unions as Work Choices. They suggested that workers could sit down with their bosses and work out their options! Not much in it for the worker and lots for the bosses! They are back in government again now and a doing a review which will no doubt produce something like before with a new name!

    • March 15, 2014 at 4:32 am

      Pouring old wine in a new bottle is a time tested way of retrying the same thing over and over again.

  2. March 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Reblogged this on thinkpurpose and commented:

    My organisation has gone through all the main consultancies, all the big names that you can easily bring to mind but I can’t say here.
    And they have all been uniformly shit.

    Change isn’t a report, it isn’t a set of executive away-days. Change is ACTUAL change, and I’ve never seen any resulting from paying £100k’s to these no-marks.
    Worse than Bankers, the lot of them.

    • March 15, 2014 at 7:19 am

      It never ceases to amaze me that smart people at the tops of orgs piss away so much money for so little in return, yet they penny pinch everything else within their orgs.

      • March 15, 2014 at 9:11 am

        In my place I think it’s a good example of demings ‘end the mobility of top management’, as without fail they are found out, move on to somewhere else in a blaze of glory and the whole thing starts again.
        I enjoy seeing a former chief executive move around the country doing exactly this. Kicked out after 2-3 years without fail. And without fail they soon get another INCREDIBLY well paid job that they again without fail fuck up.
        Oddly nobody in the hiring organization ever looks where this dick head came from and how nobody thinks much of them at all wherever they have been.

  3. March 15, 2014 at 10:10 am

    That’s confounding to me too 🙂 They only thing I can think of is that there’s an elite, secret C-level club/guild. Once you attain membership, there is no revoking it.

  4. Dave
    March 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Instead of protecting the company, the board-of-directors (made of CEOs and ex-CEOs) instead makes sure their fuck-up buddies have a place to work.

    • March 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Yeah, it seems in a lot of cases to be one big incestuous family.

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