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Debates, Demands, & Definitions

Petruchio: Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the moon! Katharina: The moon! the sun: it is not moonlight now. Petruchio: I say it is the moon that shines so bright. Katharina: I know it is the sun that shines so bright. - The Taming of the Shrew In Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio disagrees with everything that Katharina says, no matter how absurd. The disagreement made for great Shakespearean comedy in the 16th century but is also a perfect example of how two people can see the world very differently. This has become a common problem in the workplace, and differing viewpoints on the nature of “work” have created a difficult debate regarding the new definition of

Sometimes, Signals, & Status Symbols

“Symbols can be so beautiful, sometimes.” ― Kurt Vonnegut The second Sunday in April is special to golfers as (weather permitting), someone will slip on the Green Jacket as the winner of the 2019 Masters. The Green Jacket, while a debatable fashion statement, is the ultimate status symbol among professional golfers. It signifies not only high achievement, but also membership in a very small group of past Champions. To fans of the game of golf, a Green Jacket is a “beautiful” symbol (to borrow from Kurt Vonnegut). But what happens when symbols are not “beautiful” and have the potential to destroy culture? How do these symbols effect people in an organization, and what can we change by being

 

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