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Pity the bull.

It has earned a reputation for aggression when it is merely seeking to protect its turf and herd.

It has been used as a term to define irresponsible, vertigo-less markets.

And somehow, it’s defecation has risen above all others as the definition of the worst smelling of the most smelly stuff on this earth.

[we wonder how the humble skunk missed out on such an honour]

A bull eats the same as a cow. A bull digests the same as a cow. A bull defecates the same as a cow.

Yet, while cow-pats are often a source of humour, bull-pats

[pucky, shit, scat, doings, leavings, crap]

describe derision, judgement and frustration.

How did this happen? How did global cultures assign such reputation to this one act of defecation?

To illustrate, let’s talk about bureaucracy… widely agreed to be the most commonplace BS on earth. Rules, processes, overseers, forms, stamps, logins, authorizations… All of it keeping the artificiality of the modern organization from splintering into a million random pieces.

But here’s the rub… whoever owns the madness doesn’t believe it’s madness. One man’s smooth running process is another’s bureaucratic bungling. One woman’s simple rule for expediency is another’s constraint of freedom. That’s how bureaucracies work – it’s the push-pull of best intent.

However, as both parties are working in an anomaly, neither can be satisfied at the same time and, being blind to the anomaly, they… guess what? Invent a new rule to deal with the previous rule.

And in that way the feeding cycle goes on:

perceived unnecessary constraint – frustration – new counter constraint

If that sounds like a recipe for indigestion and constipation, well

[it’s no wonder executives are so bloated with hot air]

that’s the experience of most workers in most corporations.

But none of that explains why we blame the bull. After all, generally bulls are pretty constipation-less creatures

[if you don’t believe me, take a walk down Wall Street and listen to the justifications for excessive bonuses]

and freely spread the joy.

BadConsultant contends that this is an act of avoidance and denial because no-one wants to admit the reality. The feeding cycle of bureaucracy only has glorious, individually diverse humans to blame – most of whom live in a delusion that their own s*** doesn’t stink. And so… We blame the bull.

Avoidance and denial, rarely pretty to see in action.

All that said, so far we haven’t heard


a bull complain about this, so we can only assume that, while we pity the poor bull for this misrepresentation, they don’t have a problem with it. In fact, they may even enjoy the notoriety.

For this reason, this morning, we officially introduced a new spelling of the word BureaucraSy.

[BureaucraSy: Now with Baked in BS!!!]

Until it smells like roses,


ps: we are very surprised that cows haven’t raised an equal treatment claim about the use of BS…

pps: thanks ConsultingGrad for the jump off point!

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