The Seven Habits of Highly Annoying Consultants


Ok, the title of this post is a bit of a teaser.  It was going to be “The Seven Habits of Highly Unreadable Books” but I decided that would be too much of a diss on Stephen Covey, who is actually a brilliant guy with some great ideas. This post does not have seven of anything, actually… just two diagrams:

 

Additional Disclaimers:  I have nothing against diagrams. In fact, I love diagrams. They are useful for all kinds of things, such as simplified explanations and visualizations, contextualization of details for a larger decision-making processes, and so on. 

That said, we should all give ourselves a quota on how many diagrams we employ in our discourse.  Like repetitive gestures and filler language, after a certain point they erode one’s credibility.

Up Next: Reconditioning the Leather on the Whipping-End of the Long Tail, and other Beaten-To-Death Metaphors

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Posted on April 14, 2008, in Business, Communication Skills, humor, Information Design, Jargon, Learning. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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