I’ve been thinking a lot lately about corporate culture. The who, what, when, where, why and how’s of what we do day in and day out. I recently came to the conclusion that this can be likened to a very familiar Lewis Carroll classic, Alice in Wonderland, where I play Alice.
Here is a few things I learned from the characters that have come in and out of my Wonderland:
- There will always a be a White Rabbit that is too busy for you. Don’t take it personal, they are just climbing the ladder to SUC…cess
- Try not to offend the Mouse. Actually screw it, this person will always have some bigger, better problem than yours anyway.
- The Caterpillar will be rude, hateful and demeaning. I find it best to make jokes for my own amusement regarding this person. Who knows, maybe you’ll even make them laugh once in a while.
- Find a Chesire Cat. They may be mischievous but they will challenge you, help you find humor in a shitty situation and aren’t afraid to make things right.
- The Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse. You know the “clique”. Don’t waste your time trying to be a part of the group, they will confuse you and you are better off alone. Seriously, look at what the Hatter and the Hare do to the Dormouse.
- Bill the Lizard is the workhorse. Plain and simple, you probably owe a thank you or two to this person.
- The Queen of Hearts has a take no prisoners attitude and probably isn’t afraid to show it. Don’t let him or her walk all over you.
- The Duchess isn’t always what he/she seems. The epitome of “don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” this person is misunderstood, worn out and is probably just looking for a little respect and compassion.
- The King of Hearts means well but has no direction. While this unorganized and confusing person can be very hard to deal with, they are an integral part of the team. Maybe all they need is a little push…or a swift kick in the you know what.
- And finally, Alice. You. Dropped into wonderland, left to survive. Cultivate the relationships, asses the environment and move forth my friend. But remember, every character plays a part in the success [or chaos] of Wonderland.