Basically, the marketing world consists of two types of clients.
One type largely operates in a no-b.s. zone. The other regularly marches in lock step with the Person in Charge.
Fortunately, most Mothers of Invention clients over the years have fallen into the former category. Good thing, because I can't even imagine how anyone continually works with a roster full of clients who constantly say things like, "We talked about it and everyone agreed..."
Remember this, my friends: In almost all cases, groups that always agree are chronically underperforming AND full of you-know-what. Behind all those smiley faces you'll generally find a dysfunctional marketing team.
I'm sure it's advantageous in the short run to validate the views of autocratic bosses. Hey, some of the most high-profile bosses in America are famously intolerant of dissent. But make no mistake: Anyone who regularly acts as someone else's echo chamber is doing absolutely no one a favor.
Bosses with staff members who tend to rubber-stamp their views should certainly look within. And wouldn't it be nice if people with sycophantic tendencies hung a big sign in the office that asked, "What's best for our stakeholders in the long run?"