How do I become a real cynic

Psychology of change

Cynic: The double face of failed missionaries


Winfried Berner, The implementation advice


When it comes to sensitive topics, taking stock of the situation can be a very tedious affair: many interlocutors are cautious, keep a low profile or only express themselves in very general terms, so that it is very difficult to get a clear picture of the situation. Some even claim to be ignorant of the "alleged" problems or deny their existence. It seems like a godsend when you meet an interviewee who opens up after a brief feel and provides an eloquent, factual and with a good dose of sarcasm with first-class inside information. You then experience amazed and delighted that the people concerned do not mince their words and themselves Also do not be afraid to express yourself critically or sarcastically about top management or individual senior executives.

  • Excellent informants
  • Especially when you have been able to collect little tangible information and had the feeling that you were still poking around in the fog, you consider yourself lucky to have come across such an informant. The conversations often take a long time, run in an excellent, almost conspiratorial atmosphere and often end with an invitation to come back with further questions if necessary. The only thing that may cause a slight irritation at the first conversation is the basic dogmatic tone with which such interlocutors assert that the company and especially this top management are fundamentally incapable of change. This irritation is - at least at this point in time - more than offset by the generous supply of excellent information.

  • Conspiratorial atmosphere

  • Cynics are good sources of information, but bad allies