Take a look the attached one page description about Cargo Cults after WWII in the South Pacific.
We can chuckle when we read this; however, this is not that different from the magical thinking in some organizations.
Some recent examples from a planet in another solar system:
- Our proximity to an airport certainly means we are attractive to investors.
- Public meetings will certainly magnetize people to work on projects and hence influence collaboration across the region.
- We know the solution to all of our problems is to build a business park, so let’s plan and build it.
One interesting thing about magical thinking is that nobody can be accountable. As Cole Porter said ” Good work if you can get it.”