Have you got anything to do for the next two years?
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“Bozo explosion” is a term often used by Steve Jobs to describe the process by which a company, or a working group, quickly deteriorates when managers hire people who are less skilled and qualified than they are, thinking that this way they’ll avoid problems.
Bozos pay a lot of attention to social relations, they follow their boss’s same football team, to make a big show of working instead of actually working. At the same time bozos think of themselves as the ultimate geniuses in their field because they’re also subjected to the Dunning-Kruger effect, a cognitive distortion that often leads unintelligent people to think that they’re an unfairly undervalued reincarnation of Albert Einstein.
Once introduced into a working environment, bozos quickly multiply. If a B-level bozo tends to hire C-level bozos, the latter will take on D-level bozos, and soon the entire team will be irreparably compromised. If you’ve worked in a company chances are good that you know from experience the phenomenon of which I’m speaking, though perhaps you didn’t know that there is a specific expression to describe it.
I wrote this preamble to explain that we really don’t want bozos for the Digital Team of the Presidency of the Council — we really want the best people out there. We really do.
We’re perfectly willing to take on — so to speak — the related risks, because we think it’s an inescapable necessity. Our challenge is not one that we can face by patting each other’s backs and having a chat on Sundays. We need to create together the State’s “operating system,” a platform for the development of our country’s digital ecosystem: a project that we need to keep Italy in touch with the future.
And, rest assured, if you inwardly doubt for a moment that you’re really up to this task, it could be a very good sign.