Isn’t it interesting that some words seem to become fashionable in a manner of speaking and they are used till they are overused? The word “like” springs to mind. When I was a kid at school, we didn’t know the meaning of “love” or perhaps didn’t quite express our friendship with the other sex as being one involving love. The word that was commonly used was, ” like.”! One often heard, “He likes her but she doesn’t like him back!!” Every culture has its own nuanced language. In our lingo of those faraway times, if the love (or like if you will) was reciprocated, it was said that “He got a ‘Yeah.” If, on the contrary, his overtures were spurned, he was said to have got “the chop!”
At top management level, the last thing a good CEO would want is to have a team of “yes” men, or women, as the case may be. To be really effective, top teams should have members with complementary skills. Shrewd CEOs have realized the value of avoiding the temptation of hiring clones who think like them and talk like them.