Old Jedipastor Mind Trick


Old Jedipastor Mind Trick
Have you ever been in a meeting where the leaders frame the discussion in such a way that you would arrive at the same conclusions they have already come to?  This way you can feel important because you came up with the solution and they get to carry out their vision free from resistance.

The Matrix is telling me these politics are juicy and delicious.  Isn’t ignorance bliss?

  1. #1 by markio on May 29, 2003 - 11:06 am

    The ol’ refuse to change your mind trick.

    Have you even been in a meeting where a leader offers a suggestion that is creative and innovative but people are too scared to try something new for fear that it might fail?

    I’ve seen the Jedipastor trick used and I’m actually quite amazed at how it doesn’t always work. It is based on the principle that people won’t change unless they know what they are getting into. Change is scary and requires time for people to accept. Sometimes that fear just can not be overcome. I prefer the Jedipastor over the Darthpastor, the pastor that says that “this is the way that it is going to be regardless of what you think”.

  2. #2 by bryan on May 29, 2003 - 11:23 am

    I thought the darthpastor trick was when he left you out on a limb with no support to die for your idea. ;-)

  3. #3 by dan on May 29, 2003 - 4:45 pm

    I think that there is a positive spin to the “force” – when it is used for good, instead of for the dark side. I have seen this where a leader has a vision for change and innovation which is counter-cultural or difficult for key people and this technique has been used to bring people along with the vision by taking some ownership of the idea.

  4. #4 by jared williams on May 30, 2003 - 1:19 pm

    when a child asks, “Why is it raining?” I think a good thing to tell them is, “God’s Crying.” Then when they ask why God is crying, i tell them “probably because of something you did.”

  5. #5 by Dan on May 31, 2003 - 6:09 pm

    I like this discussion, but I’m a bit appalled that you’d compare politics to something awesome like steak.

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