Blind men and the elephant

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Blind men and the elephant

  1. 1. Blind Men and the Elephant (by John Godfrey Saxe) (1816-1887) Both this set and the "improved" set of images (see bottom of this page) are available for usage only after arrangements have been made for monetary contributions; otherwise, permission is not granted for anyone to use these copyrighted illustrations in other presentations!
  2. 2. The Blind Men and the Elephant • American poet John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) based this poem, on a fable that was told in India many years ago. It is a good warning about how our sensory perceptions can lead to some serious misinterpretations; especially when the investigations of the component parts of a whole,
  3. 3. The First approached the Elephant • • • • And happening to fall Against his broad and sturdy side, At once began to bawl: "God bless me! but the Elephant Is very like a wall!"
  4. 4. The Second, feeling of the tusk • • • • Cried, "Ho! what have we here So very round and smooth and sharp? To me 'tis mighty clear This wonder of an Elephant Is very like a spear!"
  5. 5. The Third approached the animal • • • • And happening to take The squirming trunk within his hands, Thus boldly up and spake: "I see," quoth he, "the Elephant Is very like a snake!"
  6. 6. The Fourth reached out an eager hand • • • • And felt about the knee. "What most this wondrous beast is like Is mighty plain," quoth he; " 'Tis clear enough the Elephant Is very like a tree!"
  7. 7. The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear • • • • Said: "E'en the blindest man Can tell what this resembles most; Deny the fact who can This marvel of an Elephant Is very like a fan!"
  8. 8. The Sixth no sooner had begun • • • • About the beast to grope, Than, seizing on the swinging tail That fell within his scope, "I see," quoth he, "the Elephant Is very like a rope!"
  9. 9. • And so these men of Indostan disputed loud and long, each in his own opinion exceeding stiff and strong, though each was partly in the right, and all were in the wrong!
  10. 10. Moral: • So oft in theologic wars, The disputants, I ween, Rail on in utter ignorance Of what each other mean, And prate about an Elephant Not one of them has seen!
  11. 11. “And Over Here Ladies And Gentlemen The Strategic Management Beast” “To be perfectly frank, I’m not nearly as smart as you seem to think I am” Mintzberg.
  12. 12. Prime Task of Strategic Management Peter Drucker: Think through the overall mission of a business. Ask the key question: “What is our Business?”
  13. 13. SCHOOL • Design • Learning • Planning • Power • Positioning • Cultural • Entrepreneurial • Cognitive • Environmental • Configuration

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