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February 04, 2010


Old Timer


Looks like lately you've got a thing against Transformation Experts, whatever they are?

Is Lean/TPS still all the rage these days? Perhaps this program can now be sold along the lines of "continuously accelerating results" or a program so good it literally cannot be stopped...


This way how successful lives are defined-- Mahatma Gandhi or a visionary start up guy. Initially people not sure about their ideas. They stick to the idea and Success follow and so do people.


The point is to speak Truth no matter what consequence. You owe it to people who entrust you, you owe it to one who pays you for doing a job, you owe it to your coworkers and most important You Owe it to Yourself.
King was misled in this story but his ministers were opportunists and dishonest. They would have done the same thing to next one, in case this kind was disposed.

What a way to live life?

So lesson for me is to appreciate people who are direct and honest; no matter if they are wrong of no matter how much I do not like what they say.


Old timer;
I do not have anything against Transformational Experts as long as the content and intent of the transformation is better for the company and the country.

As far as this story, which was written four weeks ago, (there are always a few in the que before the story gets spotlight), the intent was what is stated in Points to Pnder: “An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.” -

The message is Do not be afraid to express your ideas and what you believe is right, eventhough there may be a lot of oppostion or people do not see the merit at first. (Similar to Jayesh's point). And do not be afraid to challenge if the idea does not make sense or not really for the benefit of your company or a country.

I hope this explains my thought behind this article.

micro CEO

Interestingly, the story by Andersen does not detail what happens to the Emperor after this event takes place. The story ends with the Emperor simply realizing the truth but still continuing, as 'the show must go on'.

So we are free to imagine what may follow (like the case of what happens to Cinderella after "happily ever after" begins).

Perhaps in the current Toyota brouhaha, we can see one scenario. Enemies and rivals of the emperor(as well as those who enjoy celebrating the slips of a giant) find ample opportunity to pounce on the failure to recognize the invisible clothes in advance, as well as efforts to further hide or spread the lie.

I suppose at some point the accumulated momentum of millions of cars and thousands of pages of test data and regulator audit reports (or billions of budget dollars and thousands of soldiers, in the case of the wars discussed by the Senator), makes it near impossible for anyone other than a naive and brave little whistle-blower to expose the invisble clothes.
Like Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme, after some time, too much is invested, and with preservation of entire reputation at stake, the situation goes beyond the point of no return. Likely, too late for any insiders to speak the truth, as Jayesh suggests.

(In the original source story from which Anderson got his idea, the weavers claimed that the suit would be invisible to any man not the son of his presumed father. I think this factor actually makes the point clearer.)

So the important thing after all is simply to have enough naive and brave little whistle-blowers. Internally a big organization (including Toyota or US Gov.) simply cannot bootstrap itself as it starts to fall from grace.


I think it reminds me of the fallacy of popular beliefs in general. Accepting popular beliefs/thinking is easy but it leads us to be average in everything.


''Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is
our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most...We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.'' Learn and share with business people from around the world.Young Entrepreneur Society

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