Good Intentions = Bad Decisions
Good intentions suck.
However, because they are usually informed by ignorance, the thinking that they generate is often very flawed.
And, worse than that, the result of following through without pausing to consider the downsides leads to failure.
WOW! THERE ARE SO MANY AMAZING THINGS ABOUT THIS PRODUCT THAT WE MUST SHARE THEM ALL = COMPLICATED, FAILED COMMUNICATION
WE MUST REMOVE ANYTHING POLARIZING SO THAT NO ONE WILL BE OFFENDED = NO ONE WILL EVEN NOTICE MUCH LESS BE OFFENDED
WE SHOULD DO EXACTLY WHAT THE CLIENT TELLS US BECAUSE THAT WILL MAKE THEM HAPPY = THEY REALIZE THAT WE’RE ADDING NO VALUE AND SEEK A PARTNER WHO WILL
WE HAVE TO USE LOUD, HIGH-ENERGY MUSIC TO GET PEOPLE’S ATTENTION = ADDING TO THE ALREADY LOUD, HIGH-ENERGY NOISE OF A TYPICAL COMMERCIAL BREAK AND THEREFORE BLENDING IN FURTHER
IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE A GOOD MEETING SO WE NEED TO SHARE IDEAS THAT WE KNOW THEY CAN BUY = WORK THAT IS CRAWLING BEFORE IT HAS EVEN HAD A CHANCE TO RUN
Be very, very suspicious of good intentions.
Because doing something with the best intentions is not the same as doing the best thing even with questionable intentions.