Pundits call ours the post-truth era.
I think it's the post-competence era.
In fewer than 10 days, we've seen:
- Mariah Carey botch lip-synching before 11.6 million viewers on live TV
- Walt Disney recall 15,000 Minnie Mouse infant sweatshirts due to a choking hazard
- Express (published by The Washington Post) illustrate its cover story on the Women's March on Washington with the male symbol
- Yahoo Finance Tweet "Trump Wants a Much Bigger Navy" using the "N word"
Taking his cue from Steve Jobs, Lyons calls it "the bozo explosion."
Bozos explode in companies when "B players hire C players, so they can feel superior to them, and C players hire D players."
Of course, there's another, more powerful force in effect: companies' drive to profit at their customers' expense.
That drive manifests itself every day in companies' ready willingness to subject customers to post-competent employees—and to the fiascos they create.