Do as I Say, Not as I Do?

There’s an assumed hypocrisy in saying one thing and doing another, but in reality, in complex situations, there is always some motivation. And as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, after Brunsson, there are good reasons, hypocrisy is an essential life skill anyway. The other way round, “Do as I do, not as I say” there’s an easy … Continue reading “Do as I Say, Not as I Do?”

Inconstancy (aka Hypocrisy)

Finn Karsten posted in Channel McGilchrist highlighting a post he’s written. (It’s their first and only blog post – I don’t know any more about the author – search reveals it’s quite a common name.) Who Are We : Inconstancy Woke or anti-Woke – as I always say – “a pox on both their houses“. … Continue reading “Inconstancy (aka Hypocrisy)”

Don’t Panic Captain Mainwaring #COP26

Pointing out that hypocrisy has become the standard of all political discourse rather than addressing substantive content. Great post from Jamie Bartlett earlier today: Political argument is becoming one & tedious effort to identify hypocrisy in your opponents’ behaviour, in order than you can comfortably ignore anything useful they say. Gets us nowhere. — Jamie … Continue reading “Don’t Panic Captain Mainwaring #COP26”

Hypocrisy – In Bad Faith

Hypocrisy has been a formal topic of mine since my late-1980’s / early-90’s days (Brunsson, Argyris, Action Theory, et al). Great Point of View “On Hypocrisy” by Will Self this morning, pointing out two key things. (1) Hypocrisy is an essential / inevitable / necessary part of social order in a functioning civilised society, but … Continue reading “Hypocrisy – In Bad Faith”

Managing by Measurement

All good adages exist with their exact opposites, and like any good rules – especially conflicting ones – understanding where and how to apply them is the real knowledge. Knowing the rules is the easy bit. Hypocrisy – handling conflicting ideas effectively – is an undervalued skill. Management Science would suggest: “What you can’t measure, … Continue reading “Managing by Measurement”

It’s Irrational to be Too Rational

A significant part of my agenda is that what passes for received wisdom as “western rationality” is in fact degenerately irrational, damaging to humanity and the planet and as such, that received wisdom is a kind of collective “mental illness” of society. (The way we communicate and share truths and arguments is co-evolved with that … Continue reading “It’s Irrational to be Too Rational”