Guru Double Irony

Too many pundits, too little time…

And the management best seller list seems to be slow this time of year. Summer’s dull-witted pace or a general moody malaise? Economy, state and country bankruptcies, euro/government bonds and spreads, phone hacking scandals, Republicans and debt ceiling, clouds and dust from uncertainty. Yet, the photo made me smile – irony and sarcasm always a great front to inner turmoil and the quest for solutions whatever these may be.

Yet Marshall Goldsmith’s words seemed wiser in spite of his own guru status:

“…Ask, listen, and learn from everyone around you. You can learn more about what you most need to know from your key stakeholders than you can from consultants. Also, ask the people whom you love how you can be a better partner, friend, or parent. Listen to their ideas. Don’t get so busy with work that you ignore the most important people in your life. To improve your relationships, you need to ask for people’s opinions and then follow up and do something about what you learn….”

Paraphrasing George Orwell, “all gurus are equal but some are more equal than others.”

Happy Bastille Day, folks!

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