Bozo Effect - from greatness to mediocrity

Disclaimer: Some (over)sensitive readers may find this post offensive. Arrogant. Elitist. Oh well. Bozo effect (aka Bozo explosion) - gradual descent of (once unequivocally high) average employee's competence level...

2 years ago

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Disclaimer:
Some (over)sensitive readers may find this post offensive. Arrogant. Elitist.
Oh well.

Bozo effect (aka Bozo explosion) - gradual descent of (once unequivocally high) average employee's competence level (overall: skillwise, intellectual, attitude, etc.), usually due to lowered recruitment standards, departure of key people or general organisation culture degradation.

Bozo effect is usually accompanied by ignorance - subjects lack the awareness of the downfall. The past glory is still alive & vivid in bozos' life (even if they didn't contribute to it themselves) - in fact they completely miss their present mediocrity as they've made themselves believe they keep rockin' (even if superficial analysis of their results indicates otherwise ...).

"Nekkid! Emperor's nekkid!"

You may have read / heard about this phenomenon from Jobs or Kawasaki - it's not really new. But I can't help the impression that it gets more & more common these days: especially for some big names, who believe they will be grand forever.

In fact ... many bozo companies (in spite of their renowned brands & blatant taglines) are like empty shells - motley facade as a witness of the illustrious past, nothing more. I've seen with my very own eyes that small, well aligned team w/o a famed brand, but with proper skills, correct attitude & bonds of mutual trust can easily outperform (in terms of capability to deliver) multiple bozo squads.

Referring to H.C.Andersen, some former emperors are naked & just waiting for a well aimed kick, straight in their low hanging balls ...

Key rule to keep in mind:

Remember that in the end it's individuals that do the actual work, not brands!

Bozo alert

But I haven't written these words to beat a dead horse. Actually it amazes me how easy it is to slip straight into an eye of bozo storm. Sometimes it's just a matter of:

The problem with bozo effect is not only that it may be hard to spot (from within), but also that it's very hard to reverse: once you lower these standards, they tend to continue dropping dramatically, because:

  1. A players want to play with other A players, ...
  2. ... but B players tend to favor (consciously or not) C players (so they feel more secure, more in control, etc.)

Anti-bozo vaccine

I can't emphasize this enough - in case of bozo effect prevention is 100x better than cure. Actually it's also significantly easier.

Sebastian Gebski

Published 2 years ago

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