The Deaf Philosopher

Years ago my manager told me the story of “the deaf philosopher”, I haven’t been able to find any mention of it on the internet, but it is too good to have been made up on the spot. It must have been made-up by somebody though. Here it is.

Once there was a philosopher who could see through and understand people the most clearly of all the philosophers. He was never fooled or impressed incorrectly. He was called The Deaf Philosopher.

The Deaf Philosopher was never fooled because when anyone spoke he clapped his hands over his ears so he couldn’t hear what they said. Then he only saw what they did.

This is the first time I encountered POSIWID, and whenever I tell this story it works if you clap your hands over your ears at the right point. Visual, like. I used it when doing bad and silly things, like ISO9001 internal audits. Getting people to question “what is this activity actually doing?” by acting as The Deaf Philosopher who can’t hear intentions and can only see actions.

“To understand a person’s priorities, look at what they actually do rather than what they say they do.” ~ Clay Christensen

NB ThinkPurpose is on holiday, if the WordPress daemons have done their magick then this has been published whilst I am not anywhere a computer, so any comments left won’t be approved til I get back beginning of September. There’s plenty of rubbish still to come from the daemons to spoil your day with, don’t you worry.

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