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there are four posters April 20, 2009

Posted by That Guy in Observations.
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Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

-Mark Twain

My branch of CorporateSpeak leases about 20% of its building to a very well-known company with offices around the world. Everyone who works in this building but for that company is very nice and pleasant to hang around with. They do some of the same things we do, but for some reason they never seem to run around like chickens with their heads cut off in the way that our staff does as deadlines loom.

Maybe it’s because they’re such a big, well-run company, and CorporateSpeak, despite its size, is extremely fractured and no branch of the tree talks to any other branch.

Today when I came in, the other company — let’s call them 164 Studios — had put up posters showing some of their flagship products up in the corner of the big room where I work. They have about a 20% footprint on that room, over by the exit (and the bathrooms). It’s just four posters, but I don’t really see the point. Their local manager has an office he can decorate the way he wants (and has done so). Each person has personalized their desks to a limited extent. They also have offices upstairs which are additionally personalized.

So why put four posters up on the wall? What purpose does it serve? Does it make them more likely to do their work? To promote their products? To remind us how much better they are? Because they are much better than us — their products are better, their writing is better, and their people are much calmer. They don’t do tours — their corporate office is in New York City. They don’t have clients come in here. There are ten employees of 164 Studios in our building, and five of them never even come down to the first floor.

The only thing I can think of is that someone in management at 164 has watched too much Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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