In this goofy pop-psychology-dominated culture we live in, we are all entitled to our “opinion” about … whatever. So it comes down to one of two things: one, there are more of “you” than there are of “us,” so you win. Or, whichever opinions happen to be in fashion will win. No matter that we may both lose as a result.
This is nowhere more evident than in the opinions that carry some books to the best-seller list, and doom others to the remainder barrel.
For example: in his endorsement of Steve Chandler’s The Hands-Off Manager, the author of a NY Times “best-seller,” John Hoover, refers to Chandler’s book as a “liberating read.” What he means by this is that reading this book will give you the backbone to “act in your own best interests and the best interests of everyone working within your sphere of influence.”
I will admit to being a bit opinionated on this matter. But I my own conviction is that everyone working in an organization gets a paycheck from the organization. They are not self-employed. The title of Hoover’s book, by the way, is How to Work for an Idiot. Let’s assume it is not the boss’s conviction that she is an “idiot.” So what happens when the person who is working for that “idiot” herself becomes the boss? Now she is stuck with all of those “idiots” who are not working for her, or the organization, but for their “own best interests.”
We have made dysfunctional into a way of life.