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“A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.” — Sydney J. Harris
“A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.” — H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)
“Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.” — Lillian Hellman, (1905-1984), The Little Foxes (1939)
“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” — Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892), Act III
“Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It’s unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don’t have to try.” — Peggy Noonan (1950- ), in Good Housekeeping
Pessimism is a bad habit. You encounter it in others; you experience it in yourself. So often in management, we are looking for problems we must solve, where the fault lies, what is broken and how should we fix it. Exhausted pessimists become cynics. In systems terms, cynicism is a Declining Cycle – repeatedly looking for what’s wrong. Instead of a Reinforcing Cycle – searching for the good. The cycles tend to loop in a given direction until the habit becomes unconscious. It’s the old cup-half-full vs. half-empty. We get stuck in viewing everything with the lens of what’s wrong, not what’s right. Notice the right. What are we doing well that we can do more of, to delight customers and employees? Notice someone doing something right and applaud it. Make deposits rather than withdrawals in people’s emotional bank accounts (S. Covey).
These are known as “Idea Killers.” Push back.
Take the cynicism test: The Official Cynic’s Self-Test
Scholarly treatment of cynicism in business: Overview of Cynicism in Business Organizations.
Cynicism has been cited as a potential couse of heart disease. Check yourself: Is Your Heart at Risk?
Cartoons on cynicism: Cynicism Cartoons and Comics<
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