We wouldn’t say those that developed ISO management accreditation were intellectuals. Nor would we apply the word to those that assess other human beings to these standards. However, Nassim Nicholas Taleb‘s essay, The Intellectual Yet Idiot, provides some insight into the minds of those who do live by inspecting others.

“The IYI pathologizes others for doing things he doesn’t understand without ever realizing it is his understanding that may be limited.”

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and I can do the ISO accreditation magic!

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One Response to IYI

  1. johnseddon says:

    as I discuss in The Whitehall Effect, these regulators / inspectors bring their own bad management theories. In the case of the ISO series, it is all based on bad theory about control

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