If you have a job in an office currently, or if you have ever held one, you should watch the movie Office Space at your earliest opportunity. It depicts corporate stupidity in very funny ways.
This week, I read the book "The Cure for Corporate Stupidity" by Larry J. Bloom. It's one of the best books I have read recently.
Larry Bloom's claim is that corporations make stupid decisions and become stupid. He attributes this to a number of "mind bugs" that make them do stupid things.
I was with a company, Digital Equipment Corporation, in 1986 when it made many of the dumb decisions that Larry is talking about. Consequently, it did not do so well; it was bought and absorbed by Compaq, which was then bought by HP. The biggest mind bug that DEC had was thinking that mini-computers were there to stay and the company didn't have to worry about Sun and its even less expensive UNIX workstations. Ironically, Sun had the same mind bug--that they did not have to worry about PC-based servers from Dell and HP--and now they are part of Oracle.
Larry identifies different kinds of mind bugs, such as: the Sufficiency one (assuming that some people or information are sufficient to make the right decisions), the Accuracy one (assuming that information or people are accurate), the Beliefs one (wrong beliefs), and the Social One (involving decisions imposed by social structure within the company). He then prescribes a number of steps to avoid these mind bugs and make the right decision.
Great book with some great information! Now the only mind bug any corporation needs to avoid is thinking that this advice does not apply to them.
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