There are many metaphors for the workplace. A company can be like a ship, sailing uncharted seas. Some workplaces aim to be like a family. Many organizations want to be like well-oiled machines.
The most traditional metaphor, that unfortunately still informs much of our thinking, is the company as a military unit with lines of command, enemies, battles and strategic objectives.
Metaphors have power. If you see your workplace and career through a certain lense it will affect your thinking and your decision-making.
Now Henriette Weber of Toothless Tiger has come up with the coolest metaphor I have ever seen for a business: The company as a rockband.
Click here to download her awesome free e-book which explains the idea in detail. It’s a quick, fun and fascinating read.
Our company is already a lot like a rock band. We do drugs, trash hotel rooms and drink tons of alcohol. And don’t even get me started on the groupies.
JUST KIDDING!! It’s more that:
- We allow ourselves to be different.
- We do work that we and our clients think is really cool.
- We inspire people with what we do and who we are.
- We have a great time and give our audience a great time.
What about you? Is your workplace like a rock band? Do you get to feel like a rock star on the job? Does what you do create admiring fans?
Or is there a different more apt metaphor for your workplace? Write a comment, I’d love to know what you think.