The Collusion of Mediocrity – background

I first noticed the collusion of mediocrity in a restaurant. A friend’s starter came and was not what they ordered. When the waiter offered to change my friend replied: “No, it’s fine. I’ll have this.” It soon became clear it was not what they really wanted. On another occasion one of our party remarked that…

Wretched Contentment

Wretched contentment is a state of happiness that is akin to a calm-looking lake that hides dangerous, swirling, even chaotic undercurrents, hidden below the surface, sometimes, so deeply below the surface that they may never make their presence known at the surface level. Wretched contentment is often a side effect of colluding with mediocrity- where…

How wretchedly content are you?

This is a self-assessment questionnaire that looks at wretched contentment. You can read more about wretched contentment here. (Read it after doing the test) Score these from 1 – 10 where 1 is “This describes me least” and 10 is “This describes me most” 1. I have enough money (with some on top) but it…

Tips for Collusion Breaking

When the pervading way of things becomes a comfort zone, the status quo, a situation can be at once a very happy but also a risky or dangerous place. The word often evoked here is complacency. We ‘fiddle while Rome burns all around us”. A business may be growing and yet it is this very…

Challenging the Status Quo

When the pervading way of things becomes a comfort zone, the status quo, a situation can be at once a very happy but also a risky or dangerous place. The word often evoked here is complacency. We ‘fiddle while Rome burns all around us”. A business may be growing and yet it is this very…

The Collusive Awayday

Over the last twenty years I’ve encountered quite a few collusive away days. Businesses and other types of organisation often take their team or group (which could be the management team or a team from a particular part of the organisation) out of the day to day office or working environment for a day (or…

Why Do We Collude?

Does Collusion Make Sense? Collusion, in a lot of ways, is very understandable. Avoiding the “zone of discomfort,” by risking the very discomfort that often makes honesty possible, keeps us in a state of emotionally, and even physical, safety. Mediocrity can be seen and experienced as the price worth paying for maintaining a status quo…

Naming – a level 1 intervention

Calling something by its real name is a key to  unlocking parts of the creative process. If you feel hypocritical about something you are writing about, be sure to name that hypocrisy to yourself. If you hope your writing will change the world for the better through some kind of written critique of that world, be…

More About Collusions

Collusions can be conscious – we can choose to collude and we can KNOW we are colluding. This may be out of a sense of helplessness or because we apply a rule which goes something like this: It may be better to collude when the damage done by breaking a collusion is greater than the…

Flip Chart Dumping

Flip chart dumping is a way of parking ideas and actions and ensuring they are never realised in practice. The act of writing on a flip chart in front of others is a fairly physical activity and often gives the false impression that we are all “doing something”. In too many cases, what we are…

WATCH: Why do we collude with each other?

Why do we collude with each other? Do we settle for mediocrity because we fear the discomfort of being truly honest ? And does it affect our ability to be creative and innovative?