Say no to the yes-men

Yes-man

Many people prefer to talk themselves into believing that for as long as they do as they’re being told and don’t consider alternatives, they won’t have to accept any responsibility for their actions and non-actions.

Have you ever noticed how people try to put all the blame on one person, i.e. their chosen “leader”, but only once that person has been brought down?

Playing it safe is no guarantee for not getting into trouble. Just ask any athlete or entrepreneur.

“Everywhere man blames nature and fate, yet his fate is mostly the echo
of his character and passions, his mistakes and his weaknesses.”
(Democritus, philosopher)

“To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
(Aristotle, philosopher)

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.”
(Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, poet and aphorist)

“Unless one has considered alternatives,
one has a closed mind.”
(Peter Drucker, management consultant and educator)

A CEO once told me that if he wanted to surround himself with yes-men, i.e. people who accepted everything put on the plate in front of them, he might as well do everything himself.

Remember the story about Camus?

Have you ever noticed that yes-men are often yes…terday-men, claiming that it’s always been this way?

Camus would agree, yes to more no-men and no-women of course.

“I don’t need a friend who changes when I change
and who nods when I nod; my shadow
does that much better.”
(Plutarch, historian and essayist)

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