Monday 23 February 2009

NEWS FLASH: Chris Devonshire Ellis resigns!

It's official, less than a week after publishing an allegedly fake interview with the Chairman of the Chinese Banking and Regulatory Commission, CDE is history. Take home message? Same as the one Mrs Albion taught me in primary school - lies are bound to catch up with you sooner or later, best not to tell big ones!

Chris Devonshire Ellis really was a relic of the nineties. Yes, there was a time when foreigners could show up in China with zero qualifications, pose as experts, and be believed by people who had zero knowledge of the country. Foreign experts are still favoured by many over locals due to cultural/social issues (and possibly closet racism), and foreign experts are still necessary due to the added insight and expertise they bring, but fake experts can no longer expect to prosper for long. If you lie, and try to maintain those lies in an environment like the internet, eventually you're going to get burned.


Anonymous said...

I wish him all the best and as he is still the big equity shareholder in the company I hope DZ will do well enough to pay him a handsome amount of cash every month while he is doing his thing on the Atlantic, pacific or wherever the wind blows. A new marketing strategy, Pr firm to deal with the Interviews aftermath and just keep going.

And I hate to admit it: for the first time ever I am jealous of CDE. I have never had the slightest bit of envy for him and his business although Chris always thinks others were after him out of jealousy or whatever. No people were exposing the shitload of BS he put on the web and his great way of solving little problems by blowing them into mythical proportions. Jealous of the business? Not my thing.

I am jealous because I do love ocean sailing or even sailing on the lakes and have not been able to do so for years.

If his skipper claim is not just a childish silly middle finger towards the rest of the world but his true goal and he wil actually do it (with the aggresiveness and competitiveness he has shown as a person in China he can do it) then I think he did make it in life.

If I were him I would truly feel relieved, not act as the vindictive a-hole he has been for most of his time in China. The opportunity to live another more exciting life, who would not like that?

So many years in China in the line of business he is in of touting clients to the firm? That can not lead to anything anything else than feeling like Bill Murray in "Groundhog day". The dinners, bullshit-waste-of-time-and-money-evenings in the bars, Maotai breath, lectures with only sometimes an exciting audience....nope that looks nice for a month but becomes a drag soon.

Yes and now people might respond that I am a softie and say: "but he did it in a bad way, he bullied people etc." But think about it? We are talking ocean sailing here folks and the guy is not even 50!!!

I am jealous, jealous, jealous, jealous and now I am going to play sailing regatta with a a few little rubber ducks in the bath tub.

Anonymous said...

Come sailing at my part of the world this Summer then!
As far as CDE concerns: jealous? Nah, I much rather choose my own exit instead of being forced...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

The Cult of the Narcissist

The narcissist is the guru at the center of a cult. Like other gurus, he demands complete obedience from his flock: his spouse, his offspring, other family members, friends, and colleagues. He feels entitled to adulation and special treatment by his followers. He punishes the wayward and the straying lambs. He enforces discipline, adherence to his teachings, and common goals. The less accomplished he is in reality - the more stringent his mastery and the more pervasive the brainwashing.

The - often involuntary - members of the narcissist's mini-cult inhabit a twilight zone of his own construction. He imposes on them a shared psychosis, replete with persecutory delusions, "enemies", mythical narratives, and apocalyptic scenarios if he is flouted.

The narcissist's control is based on ambiguity, unpredictability, fuzziness, and ambient abuse. His ever-shifting whims exclusively define right versus wrong, desirable and unwanted, what is to be pursued and what to be avoided. He alone determines the rights and obligations of his disciples and alters them at will.

The narcissist is a micro-manager. He exerts control over the minutest details and behaviors. He punishes severely and abuses withholders of information and those who fail to conform to his wishes and goals.

The narcissist does not respect the boundaries and privacy of his reluctant adherents. He ignores their wishes and treats them as objects or instruments of gratification. He seeks to control both situations and people compulsively.

He strongly disapproves of others' personal autonomy and independence. Even innocuous activities, such as meeting a friend or visiting one's family require his permission. Gradually, he isolates his nearest and dearest until they are fully dependent on him emotionally, sexually, financially, and socially.

He acts in a patronizing and condescending manner and criticizes often. He alternates between emphasizing the minutest faults (devalues) and exaggerating the talents, traits, and skills (idealizes) of the members of his cult. He is wildly unrealistic in his expectations - which legitimizes his subsequent abusive conduct.

The narcissist claims to be infallible, superior, talented, skillful, omnipotent, and omniscient. He often lies and confabulates to support these unfounded claims. Within his cult, he expects awe, admiration, adulation, and constant attention commensurate with his outlandish stories and assertions. He reinterprets reality to fit his fantasies.

His thinking is dogmatic, rigid, and doctrinaire. He does not countenance free thought, pluralism, or free speech and doesn't brook criticism and disagreement. He demands - and often gets - complete trust and the relegation to his capable hands of all decision-making.

He forces the participants in his cult to be hostile to critics, the authorities, institutions, his personal enemies, or the media - if they try to uncover his actions and reveal the truth. He closely monitors and censors information from the outside, exposing his captive audience only to selective data and analyses.

The narcissist's cult is "missionary" and "imperialistic". He is always on the lookout for new recruits - his spouse's friends, his daughter's girlfriends, his neighbors, new colleagues at work. He immediately attempts to "convert" them to his "creed" - to convince them how wonderful and admirable he is. In other words, he tries to render them sources of narcissistic supply.

Often, his behavior on these "recruiting missions" is different to his conduct within the "cult". In the first phases of wooing new admirers and proselytizing to potential "conscripts" - the narcissist is attentive, compassionate, empathic, flexible, self-effacing, and helpful. At home, among the "veterans" he is tyrannical, demanding, willful, opinionated, aggressive, and exploitative.

As the leader of his congregation, the narcissist feels entitled to special amenities and benefits not accorded the "rank and file". He expects to be waited on hand and foot, to make free use of everyone's money and dispose of their assets liberally, and to be cynically exempt from the rules that he himself established (if such violation is pleasurable or gainful).

In extreme cases, the narcissist feels above the law - any kind of law. This grandiose and haughty conviction leads to criminal acts, incestuous or polygamous relationships, and recurrent friction with the authorities.

Hence the narcissist's panicky and sometimes violent reactions to "dropouts" from his cult. There's a lot going on that the narcissist wants kept under wraps. Moreover, the narcissist stabilizes his fluctuating sense of self-worth by deriving narcissistic supply from his victims. Abandonment threatens the narcissist's precariously balanced personality.

Add to that the narcissist's paranoid and schizoid tendencies, his lack of introspective self-awareness, and his stunted sense of humor (lack of self-deprecation) and the risks to the grudging members of his cult are clear.

The narcissist sees enemies and conspiracies everywhere. He often casts himself as the heroic victim (martyr) of dark and stupendous forces. In every deviation from his tenets he espies malevolent and ominous subversion. He, therefore, is bent on disempowering his devotees. By any and all means.

The narcissist is dangerous

Anonymous said...

I only heard of Mr Ellis recently. There are too many China experts to keep up with the numbers.

Gilman Grundy said...

@JR - Nice to see you around. Just goes to show that there's truth in the old joke:

Expert = Ex (a has-been) + spurt (a drip under pressure)!