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Don’t let emotional language trump critical thought

By October 3, 2006 January 1st, 2007 No Comments

This post is a bit of a departure for but I was so struck by this quote in the Financial Times this morning that I had to put it in.

John Kay was reporting on the passage in the UK last week of laws preventing discrimination on grounds of age.  As he points out most people instinctively know this is nonsense; young people and old people have different things to offer and will have different roles to play.  Then he says:

The spread of the concept of discrimination is a striking example of the power of emotive language to extinguish critical thought

This made me dwell on the bad decision making that often comes about when this happens.  It goes on in board rooms and management meetings everywhere and it ain’t good.

Cut it out!

That’s what I say.