And you would know because…?


I have a blog (er, this one) so obviously I think that other people will be interested in my thoughts. The vanity of having a blog is undisguised.

So I have to start this post with a mea culpa that clearly I am as deluded as the people I’m about to criticise. Hypocrisy Is Us.

My criticism is of people who take a little or no experience of, or expertise in, a subject but feel unrestrained in pontificating about it.

This sometimes seems what social media was designed for.

It has created new ways (you know, those platform thingees) for people who should probably keep their thoughts to themselves to broadcast them to the world.

I read some comments and the first thought in my head is “teacher syndrome” – that those who can do, and those who can’t teach. There are notable and noble exceptions to this of course – the people who have credible experience and expertise and then share it. But to judge by some, if not most, of what I read on social media, there are a lot of people who miss out the “doing” stage altogether and go straight to “teach.”

In my past world of PR in general, and corporate communications in particular, the syndrome seems to be rife. If syndromes can indeed be rife?

This morning I’ve read two pieces (names withheld here to avoid a pointless barney developing) from people who as far as I can see from their CVs have never moved their job to the boardroom table, pontificating about why people like them should be at the boardroom table.

I am reminded of a quote from Margaret Thatcher who said “Power is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

I’m always suspicious of people who have to tell others that they should be in the boardroom. If you have to tell people, you aren’t.

My advice when reading or hearing anybody with such advice to the world is to first check out their own track record. If they haven’t done it, it’s unlikely they are somebody worth listening to about it. Whatever “it” may be.

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