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The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes

from Wikipedia:

"The Emperor's New Clothes" is a short tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible on those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent.

The Emperor's ministers cannot see the clothes themselves, but pretend that they can for fear of appearing unfit for their positions and the Emperor does the same. Finally the weavers report that the suit is finished, they mime dressing him and the Emperor marches in procession before his subjects. The townsfolk play along with the pretense, not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid.

Then a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor suspects the assertion is true, but continues the procession."

John's Epilogue:

Contrary to popular opinion, the insightful child who dares to observe the truth is not rewarded for his insight.

Instead, the Emperor's ministers and court retinue take the kid out back ... and quietly smother him.

"Unfortunately - Just not a fit", says one.

"Really not one of us", says the next.

"Such negative energy", declares the third.

"Clearly not a team player", intones another.

"mmmmf .... gkgkgkkkh ...", says the kid.

"Hey, everybody - Let's have cake!" shouts the Emperor.

... And They Lived Happily Ever After.

The 'Emperor's New Clothes' syndrome

Many organizations don't respond well to criticism. This is not surprising. What is unfortunate is that many organizations actively resent critical insight.

"I've never seen a project fail because some individual was 'not a team player'. But I've seen a few projects crash&burn because the team players all marched off the cliff in unison."   -- John Vaughan

They were invariably smiling and congratulating themselves on their "positive energy".

Follow-up to "The Emperor's New Clothes" (Variations on a theme)

"There was once a wise king who ruled over a vast kingdom. He was feared for his might and loved for his wisdom. Now in the heart of the city, there was a well with pure and crystalline waters from which the king and all the inhabitants drank. When all were asleep, three witches entered the city and poured seven drops of a strange liquid into the well. They said that henceforth all who drink this water shall become mad. 

The next day, all the people drank of the water, but not the king. And the people began to say, "The king is mad and has lost his reason. Look how strangely he behaves. We cannot be ruled by a madman, so he must be dethroned." The king grew very fearful, for his subjects were preparing to rise against him. 

He had a difficult choice: risk being destroyed by his beloved subjects or drink from the poisoned well and become mad like them. So that evening, he ordered a golden goblet to be filled from the well, and he drank deeply. The next day, there was great rejoicing among the people, for their beloved king had finally regained his reason."

In this story the king must have figured everyone wanted him to be as crazy as they were. So desirability to drink the poison was high. Losing his people's respect would cost him his power and wealth. Viability to drink from the well was high too. Technically, it was as simple as ever to fetch some poison and drink it. It was definitely feasible

So if the king based his decisions solely on IDEOs 3 tenets of desirability, viability, and feasibility, he would have drunk the poison as he did.

Was that the right decision?

I've heard lots of people tell me we live in a crazy world and whenever they've said it there's few who'd argue. Maybe most of us consider the world crazy in some way and also opt not to join in. So there's another tenet here - Is it crazy? Or maybe is it ethical? Or perhaps does it make the world a better place?

The above  is taken verbatim from "Desirable, viable, feasible... is something missing?" by @David Wall of Frog Design  in the Design Thinking group on LinkedIn .
Okay, okay.  I know that it's from LinkedIn ... but give it a shot anyhow

(c) copyright John Vaughan / The Communication Studio

John Vaughan 7/10/2016 · #28

PS: @David Grinberg, I look forward to following up with you - and beBee - on the whole "video thang" (a previous career in video before 'going digital' in the early 80's It's fun to actually KNOW what you're talking about.

John Vaughan 7/10/2016 · #27

#21, #23, #25 Your argumentation here, @David Grinberg pretty much echos how you commented to @Phil Friedman in LinkedIn. It might be informative for beBee Aficionados to see how professionals discuss these issues ( I like to think of myself as a lazy/efficient guy, so I'll just copy&paste my response here:

A "fair and objective comparison" of beBee and LinkedIn might also include:

1) Many software products and services are mature and stable by the time they are 2 years old. It's not an excuse. Nor is it appropriate context, because ...

2) The socialNet environment of 14 years ago is not the socialNet environment of today. Comparing growth curves of then-and-now truly is "apples and oranges" - on ever-so-many levels. Bonus observation: LinkedIn was not only among the first socialNets, it truly pioneered the "professional" socialNet space which beBee now seeks to exploit, often by ... comparing itself to LinkedIn.

3) Speaking of which: beBee brands itself as a lot of things. "Professional social network" is one of them. A look under the hood - at actual content and usage - reveals otherwise (See "the Mirror : 100 Posts : beBee" or - on beBee -

It's useful not just to be "a straight shooter", but also an accurate one.


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David B. Grinberg 7/10/2016 · #25

#24 And to that, Phil, I would say, good point -- AND check out "Live Buzz" video streaming -- which you won't find on LI. I recall you told a pretty funny joke recently per a Live Buzz which received thousands of views. The only thing you get on LI in this realm is pre-recorded video from the cherry-picked "INfluencers" you never asked or wanted to hear clogging your news feed. At beBee, YOU and all users are the real influencers. The proof is in the proverbial pudding. That's here and now, my friend. Touche...and good night.

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Phil Friedman 7/10/2016 · #24

#23 David, thank you for expanding on your original point. One of the things, however, that I learned in business is that clients generally say, "What have you done for me recently and what are you going to do for me now?" Not what have you done for me in the distant past, or what are you going to do for me some indeterminate time in the future? If we are going to compare one service platform to another, with an eye to seeing which is best suited to our individual needs, the comparison has to be on the basis of what is the case now, thank you. I personally believe that beBee has great potential. But that does not blind me to, or lead me to minimize its deficiencies. Realism is a better basis for development and improvement, than spin. Cheers!

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David B. Grinberg 7/10/2016 · #23

#22 Phil, my point is that beBee is growing at light speed compared to LI over the same time period after launch. Therefore, any critical comparisons should take this fact into consideration. Look at where beBee is less than 2-years after launching and compare that to where LI was over the same time period after launching. For example, it took 12 years after launching for LI to roll out a professional publishing platform for independent writers/bloggers (Pulse, arguably still flawed), whereas it took beBee just over 1-year after launch to roll out an arguably better publishing platform (Producer). That's all, Phil, I think it's important to view all comparisons in relative terms. I hope you would agree this makes some sense when comparing and contrasting two social platforms based on merit.

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Phil Friedman 7/10/2016 · #22

#21 David, could you elucidate the implication of the two facts that you cite about respective user levels after two years of operation? I am not sure what follows from them. This is a sincere question. Cheers!

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David B. Grinberg 7/10/2016 · #21

#19 John, my friend, my point is a simple one. In addition to sharing informed opinions, let's not forget about the facts. As President Ronald Reagan and others have said, "Facts are stubborn things." Thus, let's compare "apples to apples" rather than "apples to oranges," as they say.
FACT: LinkedIn had 1.6 million members in 2005, about two-years after launch, whereas beBee has over 11 million members in over the same time period after launch. Let's fairly and objectively consider the FACTS, not just opinions, when making such comparisons. Thanks for kindly taking this into consideration, John.
cc: @Javier beBee @John White, MBA @Teresa Gezze

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Robert Bacal 7/10/2016 · #20

#17 @John Vaughan I think a number of your points are good ones from a perspective of an app or interface, etc, but I'm not sure that the problems you identify are actual problems that interfere with the user experience for regular users.

For example, I find BeBEE quite stable relative to LinkedIn, and when it does "bug out" it does that gracefully.

I think BeBee is better off working on the larger things, not the small user interface things. For example, threaded comments are far more important than the "transparency" of likes and not likes. Let's not forget the point of social media for the sake of looking at each individual leaf on the trees in the forest.

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