Category Archives: Shakespeare in Management

“Management” is almost the crucible of all that is bad in man (and sometimes good). Shakespeare offer an incredible wealth of management insights. Equally, Shakespeare is a fantastic source of punchlines – yes – to drive your good colleagues into action and your sons-of-bitches office enemies into despair.

Shakespeare & Independence Day

“…Believe my words, For they are certain and unfallible.” (King Henry VI part 1, act 1, sc. 2) So says the Duke of Orleans after explaining to the King of France that Joan of Arc is really endowed with supernatural … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Obedience, Bees and Society

“Obedience: for so work the honey bees, Creatures that, by rule in nature, teach The act of order to a peopled kingdom. They have a king, and officers of sorts.” (King Henry V, act 1, sc. 2) At the end … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Antiseptic and Anesthetic Words

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.” Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2 So says Juliet, thinking that, yes, Romeo is a Montague by last name, and as … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Parallel Revolutions. Ukraine and the Shays’ Rebellion

“Treason and murder ever kept together, As two yoke-devils sworn to either’s purpose” King Henry V, act 2, sc. 2 The Greek writer Plutarch is famous for his “Parallel Lives”, in which he arranged the biographies of famous figures of … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Appearances and the Jones Plantation

“Who makes the fairest show, means most deceit” (Pericles, act 1, sc. 4) Cornel West  is an African-American philosopher, academic, activist, author and public intellectual. He defines himself as a “blues man in the world of the mind, and a … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the One Dollar Ignition Switch

“And my more having would be as a sauce To make me hunger more…” (Macbeth, act 4, sc. 3)  A brief background for our international visitors. General Motors has recalled millions of cars due to a minor but deadly design … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Unforgotten War Crimes

“…. O, it presses to my memory, Like damned guilty deeds to sinners’ minds.” (Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 2) Fifteen years is a long time for the collective memory of people. Collective drunkenness is not indispensable for collective … Continue reading

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Color Revolutions, a Shakespearean Interpretation

“These things, indeed, you have articulated, Proclaim’d at market crosses, read in churches, To trim the garment of rebellion With some fine color, that may please the eye Of fickle changelings, and poor discontents …… And never yet did insurrection … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Ukraine and the Smoking Gun

I will no more trust him when he leers, than I will a serpent when he hisses.” (Troilus and Cressida, act 5, sc. 1) The expression “smoking gun”, as we know, is intended to represent incontrovertible evidence of a crime, … Continue reading

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Shakespeare Applies for a Job Today

If William Shakespeare applied for a job in a corporation today, would he get it? Or would he be rejected for being unable to speak the  fuzzy and sometimes nebulous managerese? The question must remain unanswered but let’s imagine that … Continue reading

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