Not computers and not children but rather like chimps

Johnnie Moore

Johnnie Moore

I’m Johnnie Moore, and I help people work better together

I keep meaning to write a long, well-argued rant against a basic assumption in much corporate thinking: that we’re all basically computers on legs that simply need reprogramming to achieve excellence. Excellence in this context, is a little hard to distinguish from conformity.

I suppose it would then go on to relate such thinking to a Creationist world view which copes with the extraordinary mystery of life by reducing it to a silly morality tale. The ten commandments translate as the trite mantras of “best practice” etc etc.

It seems to me that a cursory glance at psychological research will confirm that we’re all rather wonderful but not-especially-rational creatures who are somewhat at the mercy of biology and barely controlled herd instincts. So could we all just take break from the “Search for Excellence” and maybe, just maybe, stop trying so damn hard to manipulate each other?

Anyway, I keep meaning to write that long, well-argued piece. But this will have to do for now.

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