Leader to Leader has an interesting interview with Scott Adams of Dilbert fame about his view on leadership from the cubicle…
L2L: It seems that at least one speaker at every management conference uses a Dilbert cartoon to illustrate a point. So senior managers, not only cubicle workers, seem to appreciate your point of view. If that's the case, why does the absurdity persist?
SA: Often absurdity is more desirable than the alternative. I'll give you an example. A high level manager in a large organization who was considering implementing casual Friday recently asked for my opinion. I explained that there's nothing funnier than the notion that it would be safe to allow people to dress comfortably one day of the week but that if you extended it to two, perhaps that would hurt your stock price or morale. But, having said that, I went out to support the notion of casual Friday because it's 20 percent better than not having it at all. So here you have a clear example of absurdity — one day that casual is OK — being better than the non-absurd alternative, all casual or all noncasual. So absurdity is often the comfortable compromise. That is just an oddity of the world.
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