After reading Guy Kawasaki's How to Prevent a Bozo Explosion, I decided to compute Yahoo's Bozo Score. For every question I answer "yes" to, we get a point. Every "no" is worth a zero.
1. The two most popular words in your company are “partner” and “strategic.”
No. The two most popular words at Yahoo seem to be "so" and "google." I think "value" is likely the runner up.
2. Management has two-day offsites at places like the Ritz Carlton to foster communication and to craft a company mission statement.
Yes. I'm almost tempted to take a bonus point because we've used the Half Moon Bay Ritz in the past.
3. The aforementioned company mission statement contains more than twenty words--two of which are “partner” and “strategic.”
4. Your CEO's admin has an admin.
Yes. But I suspect he'd be less useful without one.
5. Your parking lot's “biorhythm” looks like this...
No. I see the German cars there pretty early too. But they're never outnumbered by the Japanese cars.
6. Your HR department requires an MBA degree for any position; it also requires five to ten years work experience in an industry that is only four years old.
No. Our HR department is rather clueful most of the time.
7. Time is now considered more important than money so you have a company cafeteria, health club, and pet grooming service.
We have a cafeteria and a gym. No pet grooming service. I'll take a point on this even though I disagree that it has anything to do with a company being "bozo."
8. Someone whose music sells in the iTunes music store performs at the company Christmas party.
Yes. We had Earth, Wind & Fire last time.
9. An employee is paid to do nothing but write a blog.
No. We have several who blog as part of their jobs. For at least one it's even their primary function. But that's not the sole job.
10. The success of a competitor upsets you more than the loss of a customer.
It depends on the competitor and the customer, so I can't really score this one. And this one is pretty difficult to generalize to "the company" as a whole.
Posted by jzawodn at February 26, 2006 02:02 PM