Abandon Hope all Ye who enter here?
By Peter Neville Lewis, Nov 15 2017 04:06PM
In the light of all the recent scandals my colleague and good friend, Prof Roger Steare, has just done some hair raising analytics based on our MoralDNA stats. It reveals how widely Fear is to be found in the workplace – and in some alarming places – particularly:
• Media (no surprises here)
• Banks (not again...)
• Politics (oops)
• Health Care (a bit of a surprise?)
The real worry is that in all four groups Women are more prone to the Fear Factor than Men, with Banks having the biggest gender gap.
This is the clear evidence for the breaking of the wall of silence by a hitherto intimidated silent minority.
Will Codes of Conduct help? Nope! In fact it will only worsen the fear of being found out.
What though if employees had a greater say in the choice of Managers and their approval?
And would applying some moral standards like Love, Fairness and Humility also help?
Fears never go away – you just get more comfortable at ignoring them (Jason Ritter)
Pedro the Jester
Why The Corporate Jester?
Because there is always a need to “call it out”, point out the emperor’s clothes may not be quite so fancy as he thinks (or others are telling him) and boldly say what others dare not!
The role of court jester was well known centuries ago and they had the licence to attack pomposity or stupidity in their betters without fear of retribution. (Well nearly!) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have a fool who is the commentator on human foibles – the most famous probably being in King Lear, the architect of his own downfall through his wilfulness. Familiar?
May not an ass know when the cart draws the horse? (Fool – King Lear, Act 1 scene 4)