“Your ability to rationalize your own bad deeds
makes you believe that the whole world
is as amoral as you are”
- Douglas Coupland
children, we often said,
‘…Susie made me do it…’
As teenagers, our excuse was often that
‘…everyone else is doing it…’
Of course, neither of these excuses was acceptable nor
logical by mature adult standards!
So why is it today, when questioned about a lack of
performance or lack of forthrightness, even leaders at the very top
are quick to ask that we look at their
predecessors and observe that
‘they’ didn’t solve
the problem either . . .
‘they’ weren’t totally
honest either . . . or,
worse yet, that
‘they’ possessed some totally unrelated flaw!
excuse for your own poor behavior or lack of judgment by comparing
yourself with someone who may have performed even more poorly is
admitting that you have run out of original thoughts and have no
idea how to solve the problem under discussion.
It classifies you as incompetent.
One can always find a person of lower accomplishment to
Obviously an intelligent, mature leader would discuss ideas,
alternatives and solutions - not make excuses!
Anyone using this tactic should be labeled as inept and labeled as
such, loudly and publically!
Letters to the editor, emails to friends, and persistent calls to
the media would be a great beginning!