This is from an email I wrote…
“I explained why their idea would never work and my logic was sound. I mean what I was saying was inarguable but they could not go with my idea because it was completely counter what everyone at the table had been educated to believe.
I was older. Most of the people were late 20’s early 30’s and they all had the same education. As it turns out they were taught to do things that are wholly ineffectual but no one wants to call the game (yet) – come to terms with the fact their methods don’t work even if they learned them in college (even prestigious college) and so further into the ditch we go.
That was very strange because the guts around the table KNEW I was right but the HEADS could not move in any direction but the wrong one they’d been taught because if they did guess what?
It would cost them their careers. Yep, in order to move ahead in this game at this point in time you have to do the wrong thing because the wrong thing is defensible. If it blows up the person can just point to the manual and say, “I followed this exactly” and their ass will be covered. That nothing gets done is irrelevant and if you’re me you just look on in horror and amazement…”
What I could perceive in this room was not learned in a book. I did fervently speak up in this situation and I could tell that what I said was understood… intuitively.
It was understood by every gut in the room but their was a split between the gut and the brain and it was intense. This was the part of the meeting where everyone was supposed to agree. I had thrown down the gauntlet and no one wanted to take me on because deep inside they knew I was right but it didn’t matter.
There was a hush in the room and then the leader of the group took back control, making a brilliantly pc statement – “In consideration of my input, how about we go with this modified version of wrong thing?”
All hands said aye and I didn’t bother to vote because come on. Majority rule.
Point here, is my thinking or my intelligence occurs down low. It’s down in the muck where people don’t like to look. It’s the dark spot in the otherwise shiny apple.
Can anyone relate?