The Heart Aroused : Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America

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TitleThe Heart Aroused : Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America
Publication TypeBook
Pub Year1996
AuthorsWhyte, D.
Keywordscreativity, kindness, rules
Notes "Corporations, for their part, have been engaged in a willful battle against the very grain of existence. Like the good Dutch boy with his finger in the dike, they have spent enormous amounts of energy putting in place systems that attempt to hold back the shifting, oceanic qualities of existence. The complexity of the world could be accounted for, they fervently hoped, by a simple increase in the thickness of the company manual." (p. 10) "Our deeper struggles are in effect our greatest spirtual and creative assets and the doors to whatever creativity we might possess." (p. 62) "Any aspirations for a 'kinder, gentler' business world founder at the first glimpse of this spiteful weapon at the center of human experience. Build the kind of world you want, says Call, but remember the spear and don't unbind it until your mind is clear and the time is right for its peculiarly ruthless presence. Even the kindest managers face the telling moment when they must fire an inefficient but otherwise likable employee. They know that the man or woman will suffer tremendous emotional and financial pain, but the situation can no longer be sustained. If they have been wisely told where the spear lies and when to use it, they untie the cloth for the moment it is needed and then are able to bind it up again just as quickly." (p. 157)