don’t be the vladmir putin of your department

March 4, 2014

From The New Republic’s report on the bizarre press conference that just took place :

For the last few years, it has become something like conventional knowledge in Moscow journalistic circles that Putin was no longer getting good information, that he was surrounded by yes-men who created for him a parallel informational universe.

Laugh all you want, “American political technologists” (seriously, that’s apparently a quote from Putin, although maybe it was translated), but this is a serious problem for many, many organizations, even those that aren’t very big. Don’t let it happen to you.