Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Mellowness through strategic incompetence

At last, a business philosophy I can get into: the art of what Steven Crawley calls strategic incompetence.

The most memorable time he brandished his nonskill was when the president at an automotive-parts manufacturer asked Mr. Crawley to organize the company picnic. ... So he began to milk his lack of picnic knowledge for all it wasn't worth. He responded to any inquiries or suggestions with questions and comments such as "How do you do that?" or "What did you guys do in the past?" or even "Help me remember why we're talking about this." Ultimately, responsibility for the picnic was reassigned. Mission unaccomplished.

—Mellow Monk


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