Stating the plain – all of us want Captain Apparent, for a lot of causes


We want the plain acknowledged. Rather a lot. And for a lot of causes.

Image this. Your partner, your mom, your finest pal says, “I really like you”. And also you go, “d’uh, I do know”.

Admittedly, I do know a number of of you at the moment are going to do that at dwelling however the level is: sure in fact you understand, nevertheless it’s good to listen to and, though it might be apparent, there’s magnificence within the cadence of affirmation.

We want the plain acknowledged. Rather a lot. And for a lot of causes.

So after I described myself as Captain Apparent in my Need for predictable poetry piece a number of weeks again, Kent Vorland instructed we’d like extra of that. The apparent. The poetry. And celebrating the poetry of stating the plain.

So right here we’re. To do exactly that.

Don’t settle for the premise of the query

That’s certainly one of my favourite West Wing moments and probably the most helpful administration recommendation ever given and ever acquired, although that’s not the way it was supposed.

If somebody asks, “what’s unsuitable with you” and also you reply, you’ve accepted one thing is, certainly, unsuitable with you.

For those who reply the query, “why are you so silly”, “which is the very best distributed ledger know-how (DLT) use case for put up commerce” or “which is your favorite Beatle” you’ve implicitly accepted that you’re silly, that the are good DLT use circumstances for put up commerce and that having a favorite Beatle is a default place.

Solely a few of these assumptions may be true.

What number of instances a day are you requested a query?

What number of of these questions are a little bit jarring? A little bit annoying? As a result of you understand they’re main you. Or since you realised they had been main you later within the day and obtained actually aggravated with your self for not stepping out of the dance and resetting the dialog, for letting the ability of the context somebody compelled you into suck you beneath.

When it was, frankly, apparent what they had been doing. It was apparent that there was extra to this. It’s apparent to you that there’s a larger image right here. That there’s a larger query.

It’s apparent. And but.

What number of instances have you ever been in a scenario the place you doubted your personal notion? You doubted what was so bleeding apparent to you, as apparent because the nostril on my face, as apparent as agreeing on the climate being no matter it’s right now. Solely it’s not that straightforward. Particularly within the context of human interactions, industrial relationships, the zoo and jungle that’s the office.

From gaslighting to pigheadedness, there’s a broad avenue of intent to cross, however for these on the receiving finish of it, it doesn’t a lot matter what the intent is when somebody acts like what to you is clear isn’t even there.

Are they manipulating you? Are they blind? Or is your notion all screwed up?

Along with your head in a muddle, you nod, have a look at the folks round you who additionally nod and presto right here you might be, having accepted the premise of a query that is unnecessary to you and now the world is on its head and it’s a must to make do.

Now think about somebody says, “maintain up now, only a second”.

Think about somebody saying what you might be pondering. What you might be seeing. So apparent now they stated it, you might be nodding so arduous chances are you’ll give your self whiplash.

The crew round you is sitting ahead a bit. They’re nodding too. Sure, sure. It’s apparent to us all, we had been happening a random path right here. Captain Apparent to the rescue.

Sing such as you imply it

Not all days are heroic although, reality be instructed.

We’ve all been the man sarcastically thanking “Captain Apparent” for saying one thing we already know, we already tried, one thing we now have clearly already considered.

One has to select one’s moments, possibly, as Captain Apparent.

However let’s face it, what for those who hadn’t turned it on and off once more? What for those who hadn’t checked your gadget’s mute button and frantically saved taking part in with the quantity in your Zoom name questioning why you’ll be able to’t hear anybody?

And possibly rolling your eyes at Captain Apparent is a component embarrassment, half annoyance, half exasperation at your self (if they’re proper) and them (for those who had tried no matter they instructed already as a result of, sure, it’s apparent), half disappointment for not having one thing that will save the day. Aside for each time they did.

The issue with Captain Apparent is that their options or interjections are by no means magic. They principally include uncomfortable truths, human silliness, fallibility and an acknowledgement of the dimensions of a problem or the mess we obtained ourselves into.

So what good is it flagging that?

Nicely. What’s the hurt?

What’s the hurt of taking a number of seconds of your life to acknowledge what everyone seems to be feeling? To place phrases to what everyone seems to be attempting to measurement? To problem a mistruth you understand everybody else is chafing at?

What’s the hurt? What’s the danger?

If the reply is, “the danger is excessive”, then there’s your reply. Captain Apparent is required to defend and rescue, to guard and help. The chance is appreciable and therefore the worth might be large.

But when the reply is, “the danger is minimal, the price zero, the hurt only a second wasted” – then do it anyway.

As a result of chances are you’ll by no means know the profit this must somebody’s psychological well being. To their potential to belief in their very own instincts and their very own reality subsequent time. To their belief in you, their crew members, your integrity and braveness and level-headedness and skill to say one thing that could be foolish. The worth of seeing you state the plain and never get laughed out of city over it. The worth of seeing you voice a tough reality and stand your floor.

For each time you’ve executed that, Captain Apparent.

For each time you probably did it when it was arduous.

For each time you probably did it when it was straightforward or pointless and obtained the attention rolls and the mocking thanks.

For each single time, we salute you.


In a world the place everybody desires to listen to “I really like you”, although we already know.

In a world the place chances are you’ll should be reminded to restart your pc and unmute your self.

In a world the place we, deliberately and unintentionally, mislead one another and saying ‘maintain up a second’ isn’t all the time straightforward.

On this world there’s a place for Captain Apparent.

To stage and be actual and be fundamental and name it like all of us see it. To carry the road. To be the canary, to be the spirit stage, to be the reassuring voice.

It was by no means the plan, was it, if you grew to become Captain Apparent. Nevertheless it turns into the perform and it comes with no cape aside from the one we think about for ourselves in our darkest moments, however we do it anyway.

After which some days the crew look to us, their trusted Captain Apparent, who doesn’t BS them. Who doesn’t get gaslighted. Who doesn’t miss the elephant within the room. Who doesn’t draw back from calling out the elephant within the room.

Some days they give the impression of being to us, to you, and go: what about that one? What about this unknown, these uncharted lands and unknown waters? What about that area on the market that we face into and we don’t know what we don’t know, what are you able to see in there?

That’s your day to rearrange the folds of your non-existent Captain Apparent cape, straighten your hat while you’re at it and say: “I see alternative, I see a highway that will likely be powerful however will likely be value it. We can have bumps and it received’t be a straight line however I see, moi, your Captain Apparent, see no motive why we will’t go for that. No matter it’s. Why we will’t survive that, no matter it’s.”

Some days your crew look to you to verify it’s attainable to face by ideas on the powerful days, when the corporate forgets its Values, Mission and Imaginative and prescient and the people can get swept up and nod away or stand a really disagreeable floor. They are going to look to you for that, too. They are going to look to you after they see a tsunami coming. And you may inform them, “it’s actual, however hey, it’s only a massive wave, we’ve obtained this”. (Kent is trademarking this by the way in which. Captain memes ahoy.)

And the reality is, had been you to say that, it isn’t a lie. What is clear to you is what your crew is able to. What is clear to you is what is feasible. What is clear to you must be articulated to those that need assistance believing it, to those that need assistance seeing it. To these for whom, it isn’t but apparent.

That’s all.


And we love you. However you already knew that. Clearly.

Written by Leda Glyptis and Kent Vorland, CEO of SimplyPayMe

Leda Glpytis

Leda Glyptis is FinTech Futures’ resident thought provocateur – she leads, writes on, lives and breathes transformation and digital disruption.

She’s a recovering banker, lapsed educational and long-term resident of the banking ecosystem. She is chief shopper officer at 10x Future Applied sciences.

All opinions are her personal. You’ll be able to’t have them – however you might be welcome to debate and remark!

Observe Leda on Twitter @LedaGlyptis and LinkedIn.


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