Gapingvoid - jesters

  • “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” – Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare

April Fools! A celebration of failing to be serious which has some serious benefits. In particular, speaking the uncomfortable truth (softened with whimsy and humour) to power (or to any of us really). Hugh McLeod underscored (and illustrated – see above) this concept in his post “Should We Bring Back the Jester?”:

  • “I’m Belgium based and want to start a movement around re-installing the jester and creating a jester culture (open and inclusive feedback and creating a safe space). This is not rocket science to be honest, but maybe the C-Suite needs some external support. Not coaching, but a real jester holding the mirror and giving candid but respectful and human insight on blind spots, perceptions, and impact that leaders have on the organisation.”