Friday, August 14, 2020

Quote of the Day (‘The Economist,’ on C-Suite Virtue-Signaling)

“Homilies about successful executives involve lots of virtue-signaling. No boss is going to admit that on Friday nights they consume pizza and watch box sets of ‘Game of Thrones.’ Instead they claim to meditate or read improving books. Many business profiles resemble medieval ‘lives of the saints,’ with the subjects of the hagiographies receiving share options instead of canonization.”—“Bartleby” column, “Executive Privilege: The Annoying Habits of Highly Effective People,” The Economist, Sept. 29, 2018 (registration required)

Cases in point, from the article: Richard Branson of Virgin Group, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Apple’s Tim Cook. Feel free to add names of your own to the list.

(Photo of Tim Cook taken in January 2009, after Macworld Expo keynote, by Valery Marchive (LeMagIT).)

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