Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Bright Boys

They're very bright boys and they went to the right schools and they can haul out the decision trees and the research and their buddies in think tanks but when you peel away the veneer it is not unusual to find that their opinions on overall strategy are not as wise as the quick take of the cashier at the grocery store or the character in the barber chair and indeed are often far worse.

Many of them know clever and eloquent ways to fail. Their best trick, however, is falling forward so they somehow emerge with their careers intact. They can do this despite the promiscuous fathering of disasters and scandals that would condemn the average person to exile and repentance.

This resilience shouldn't surprise us, of course. After all, they're very bright boys.