The Steele Theorem of Decline: How Good Things Often Go Bad

This is an introduction to the five phases of the Steele Theorem. The eBook, Monkeys in the Jungle, goes into greater detail with a complete parable.

Here are the cyclical phases of the Steele Theorem of Downfall:

Phase 1. Organic Health: Good, ordinary people develop good things, unofficially, and without central planning. They focus on intrinsic quality and are somewhat rough around the edges, but their products and ideas are sticky, catchy, and they last. In marketing, they gain momentum and longevity. These are original visionaries. Their “organization” can be a fellowship, business, charity, school, or even a nation.

Phase 2. Certified Validation: Once good things are established, it is suggested by someone that it is easier to institutionalize and centralize organizational structures for better “efficiency”. “Accreditation” and “certification” are also discussed. This new discussion often accompanies a general desire for “validation” and “to be important” and “to be recognized” for the good things one has done.  · · · →