Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Does This Sound Familiar?

Intellectually, Ridcully maintained his position for two reasons. One was that he never, ever, changed his mind about anything. The other was that it took him several minutes to understand any new idea put to him, and this is a very valuable trait in a leader, because anything anyone is still trying to explain to you after two minutes is probably important and anything they give up after a mere minute or so is almost certainly something they shouldn't have been bothering you with in the first place.
Terry Pratchett published Reaper Man in 1991, so it is a fair bet that he may have been speaking about leaders in general, as opposed to anyone in particular. Still, it gave me pause.

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