Working the Cultural Network
Like the church,
companies also have priests. They are the designated worriers of
the corporation and the guardians of the culture's values. They
worry about the religion and keeping the flock together. They
always have time to listen to a confession, and they always have
a solution to any dilemma, even a moral dilemma. This "other
job" is one that requires the most responsibility of any in the
To be a priest figure
in a culture requires a maturity or seriousness beyond years.
These people tend to be older than their colleagues, because
people feel uncomfortable with priests who have not yet proven
their worth by surviving in the company for some time. Priests
are similar to storytellers, but priests seldom worry about
details. Instead they deal in allegories about what once
happened. If you ask about a current proposal, the response is
to relate the issue back to another event.
Most priestly figures
are human encyclopedias on matters of their company's history,
just in the way that real priests have mastery of the Bible.
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'working the cultural network'.
The cultural network
are people defined as: