Elephants and Hipsters in the Workplace
I’m writing this blog post in reverse.
Usually I write the post and then find a picture or some other visual rendering that I feel fits. But this time, I found the picture first. Not a clue what I wanted to write about, I just knew I desperately wanted to use this picture.
Initially I thought of the Aesop’s Fable about The Elephant and the Rat; the one with the moral “Because we are like the great in one respect we must not think we are like them in all.” I had a momentary vision of using that to talk about leaders and management style in the workplace. But then I thought it might be more fun to just indulge in some random, free-flowing thoughts.
Needless to say, as our focus here tends to be on HR and the workplace, I figured I at least better find some “fit” to the Schoolhouse so, let’s see what we can come up with:
- Elephants never forget and have good memories
- Organizations can create and sustain memories by the sharing of organizational histories, myths and legends
- Organizational storytelling can be practical or visionary – ranging from “how we landed that big customer” to “how we’ll look in 5 years”
- The goal of organizational storytelling is to compel people to take action
- No one wants to talk about the Elephant in the room. Ever.
- Sometimes you just have to have enough courage to be the one to start that conversation
- Elephants have thick-skin; “pachyderm”’ comes from the Greek word meaning thick-skinned
- It can require a thick-skin when one DOES call out the elephant in the room
- Big Buddy Holly glasses make everyone look smarter
- Why do hipsters always wear those big Buddy Holly glasses?
- God, I hate hipsters
Pretty fun. And I didn’t even mention having visions of pink elephants when over-imbibing.