Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA

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#covfefe, Foolishness, Folly, and #baaadteambuilding


Once again, I find myself tempted to write a one-word blog post. 


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Please help me to understand this. As consultants and bloggers, we've all been there. You take the time to carefully craft content and you share it on social media. There is hardly any response. Not a re-tweet in sight. Hardly any comments or likes. Then, something like #covfefe goes viral. Are you kidding me?

It's the same story with team building and consulting services. You take the time to carefully design programmes that deliver bottom line value for companies. It's not easy to market them and, at times, the phone hardly rings. Yet, someone comes up with foolishness like axe throwing or mud obstacle races and it becomes a hot commodity marketed as corporate team building.

I am giving my head a serious shake.

Anyone else having trouble wrapping their brain around this? 

A better question is:

  • Can anyone make sense out of nonsense for figure out why there is such thriving market for foolishness and folly?

Someone much wiser  and more successful than I am, put it this way:


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8daee3f0.jpgStay tuned for my next team building programme. The Art of Making and Throwing Mud Pies. 

I am afraid to Google it. Every time I come up with a ridiculous idea and throw it out there as an off the cuff remark, someone is already doing it. 

Photo Credits: Katie Sayer (Flickr), QuotesEverlasting (Flickr), James Halliday (Flickr)

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Robert Cormack

4 years ago #4

The foolish will inherit the earth (if they haven't already), Anne \ud83d\udc1d Thornley-Brown, MBA. The best we can do is provide some thought and value and pick up a few followers along the way. I wish it were different. Social media didn't start this. They just flushed out the offenders (and there are many). Thanks for the post.

It seems shock value has over taken common sense.

Well perhaps fighting foolishness is like Don Quixote fighting the windmills. For sure there is a lot of flavour of the month thinking in both the training and development and team building fields. There is a Malaysian word for it. I am not sure how to spell it but it is something like Krepa Pena. It's a bread that taste good but has no nutritional value. A lot of people have a taste for that. Perhaps I should post about #goxlvz and ask if anyone has found it to be of value.

Ah yes

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