By May 6, 2008

Let your candle lead the way … just don’t burn down the building (work motivational posters, take two)

I thought I’d post another one of these while I eat lunch, since we all seemed to like the other one so much.

This is one of the motivational posters in the stairwell at work:

I hate to bag on it, but here we go.

What the hell does this mean? I think it’s something about being collaborative, but it could also be about lending enthusiasm. Or expertise. Or maybe it’s a suggestion for people dropping nasty shits in the bathrooms: BRING A CANDLE.

I work for a very large company that has a ton of money. Why can’t we hire someone who knows the difference between “its” and “it’s?” At least they didn’t type “looses” instead of “loses.”

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  1. Starbuck says:


  2. IRS says:

    I’m sure some company exec wrote these and thought they were the best things he had ever heard and since he was the son of the guy who really owns the place they decided to print them and frame them. Too bad that guy is a idiot and his wonderfully motivational sayings don’t really mean anything other than justification of his over-inflated salary and meaningless existence.

    Whoa, I’m really letting it out there – aren’t I? 🙂

  3. Configures says:

    It’s a shame they got the apostrophe wrong, but at least it’s white on yellow instead of that stark black and white motivational poster from your earlier entry. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with an open-ended message encouraging collaboration, or lending enthusiasm/expertise. I think it’s a general anti-siloism message. From today’s (last paragraph): “One of the division leaders questioned why one division would want to share its insights with another division dealing with different issues. The CEO looked at that division leader and said it is this type of thinking that has gotten them in such trouble. (They were losing a lot of money because of institutional silos.) The company adopted the shared learning concept through some of the more primitive tools of the day. It was one of several reasons that they turned around and became profitable. It was this promise that first got me excited about blogs, web 2.0 , and now enterprise 2.0.”

  4. Mike says:

    You can’t bring a candle to work because they’re fire hazards. Instead, they should have a motivational poster about the lighting you can see reflected in the picture.

    If you try to use a fluorescent light to light another fluorescent light, it won’t work and you’ll get mercury poisoning and die.

  5. Ed says:

    Hmm, and is it even true.

    I mean, if it is dark, and one candle is lit, that candle really stands out.

    But if it lights a whole bunch of other candles, then do you even notice it. Also, assuming the candles all look the same, the older candle will be smaller and all waxy and running.

    Sounds like a ploy to trick the workers into helping the less experienced people learn. Since they are paid less, you will be fired if you do it! Don’t fall for the corporate trickery!