And frankly, too sad for words, really.
Even so – Idiocracy remains one of my favorite movies, for pointing out the absurdity of taking the ludicrous, to its maximum – and idiotic – extreme.
Take for example, the scene where President Camacho’s cabinet is scratching their heads over what is killing the world’s plants. Spoiler alert: it’s their use of Brawndo (the bizarro world version of a hyper-macho sports drink), to feed their crops – rather than using water.
So, so funny. And – so, so sad.
Because you’ve been in this meeting before.
Maybe you’re even in it now.
When you work with the same group of people, in an insular setting, and over a protracted period of time, you become metaphorically “nose blind” to the world in which you are actually working – enabling an environment where echo-chamber assumptions can be uncritically used, to make crucially critical institutional decisions.
Idiocracy’s people of the year 2505 had been pummeled with a constant marketing barrage, insisting that a salt-infused energy drink was the very thing plants craved. There were no dissenting voices to say otherwise.
Your team may have a similar brand of enterprise Kool-aid that you’re drinking, leading you to believe in a world view that is entirely out of step with actual facts on the ground.
Leadership. It’s what people crave.
Go, and be you.