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The March Of The Gurus


All self-credentialed management gurus base their sage “advice” on some sort of underlying pseudo-science. To keep the gravy train a rollin’, they gotta keep up with the science du jour; and today’s fresh produce seems to be the highly acclaimed field of neuroscience. But beware….

Studying neurobiology to understand humans is like studying ink to understand literature – Nassim Taleb

So, what preceded neuroscience as the rack du jour for the guru aristocracy to hang their collection baskets on? BD00 is delighted you asked! He’ll not only give you the answer to that question, he’ll gift you the entire history of the march of the gurus:

Guru Advancement

As you might guess, the research effort that went into the development of this guru-march graphic required many staff hours distributed over dozens of sprints from a highly effective, self-organized, horizontally-scaled, agile team facilitated by a Scrum Alliance certified Scrum Master.

  1. December 5, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I love the quote – ‘Studying neurobiology to understand humans is like studying ink to understand literature’ – Nassim Taleb

    • December 5, 2013 at 7:48 am

      I think that quote applies to some extent to all the “soft” and, especially, “hard” sciences. Human behavior can never be reduced to an equation. Institutional behavior on the other hand, may be. Which is ironic cuz institutions are made up of unequationable humans looking after their own self interest to some degree

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