The following is the second of two fantastic emails penned by Dr. Ray Brown. This particular email deals with the analysis of the “Bureaucratic Mind”. His attempt here is draw attention to the idea just because someone from the USTA has put forth an idea or a marketing scheme does not automatically make it accepted as fact.
Dr. Brown is a tennis coach located in Houston, TX. Coach Brown is an internationally recognized expert in high performance tennis training having published over 200 articles on advanced tennis training at TennisONE.com (US based), Procomparetennis.net (Great Britain) and Mid Atlantic Match Point (Virginia) and now Tennis World USA. From the urging of many local parents and coaches, Dr. Brown founded the EASI Academy in the summer of 2007.
THE BUREAUCRATIC MIND (An Editorial)
This is a topic so often addressed and lampooned that “bureaucracy” has become a term synonymous with “incompetence” and “inefficiency”.
When an ambitious individual with little skill seeks recognition, even though their abilities are unremarkable, they seek a method or position to impose their will on others without any foundation of rational persuasion; to do this they gravitate to a bureaucracy. It is here that they seek to perch themselves above others and proclaim their superiority under the guise of an established institution. It is here they pontificate their views and seek to impose those views through mandates.
The bureaucratic mindset is convinced of its own perfection; and, the bureaucratic mindset believes in its superiority to all others, especially the innovators. It would seem plausible that the bureaucratic mindset originates from a deep seated jealousy of those who can innovate and make the world a better place for all because they cannot. Gaining a bureaucratic position of authority is a means of enabling those who seek such positions to feel superior to innovators.
The bureaucrat’s ego can be so great that they cannot be persuaded of their fallibility; in fact they believe themselves to be infallible. The desire to issues mandates and to enforce mandates by any irrational means available is so powerful that the bureaucrat is blinded by their inherent hubris.
The following is a quote from a Dr. John Taylor who is clearly disgusted by the overwhelming negative effects that bureaucratic can have on any enterprise they touch:
“The bureaucratic mind is akin to the legal mind. Both believe in the supremacy of rules. The legal mind calls these laws; the bureaucratic mind, well, rules. Both minds believe that without rules other humans not gifted with their insight into human nature would go off the rails and descend into anarchy. Neither believe that individuals can govern themselves with few rules or that training produces autonomy.” Dr. John R. Taylor, Surgeon, Can J Plast Surg. 2009 Spring; 17(1): 6.
What the bureaucrat does not care about is the long-term damage they leave behind by crippling innovation and creative thought. They have no care for the lives they disrupt and damage they inflict; due to their inflated egos, they are sure that they are, in their personal view, a gift to mankind of such greatness and wisdom that the wreckage they wreak on an enterprise is of little consequence and well justified by their need to have a sense of self importance.1
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