On ‘being’…

The problem with corporate life is that managers remain content to play a role, rather than bringing their humanity to w...

September 22, 2003

The problem with corporate life is that managers remain content to play a role, rather than bringing their humanity to work. Once they cross the threshold of their workplace, they see themselves merely as the blameless agents of institutional shareholders.

Morality, human decency and respect get left in the car park.

Their responsibility to build shareholder value, if necessary by falsifying figures, outweighs all other roles and responsibilities. But this distortion will no longer by tolerated. The people are rediscovering their identities…

The certainties of the Transaction Age are being replaced by the subtleties of the Relationship Age:

From information => Insight

From content => Connection

From understanding => Learning

From participation => Support

From fact => Opinion

From personality => Character

To characterise this transition, let’s take a light-hearted look at the psychology of social eating. From the Victorian era of table manners as a means of social control: ‘You are how you eat’, we moved a century later to the reductionist: ‘You are what you eat’, to the situationist: ‘You are where you eat’, and even for a brief eighties moment, the structuralist: ‘You are who you eat with’.

The Victorians would of course have had us pronounce the mouth-crumbling: “You are with whom you eat’.

And now, in the relationship age, who you are has nothing whatever to do with eating. Possibly, at a stretch, ‘You are why you eat’.

Eating is a great way to stay alive, and an excuse for a good human conversation.

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