Empty Raincoats Part I – Engaging with the management ideas that shape our working lives.
A New Occasional Series at CHOW
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Here are the various texts that Brian refers to and which were read out during this session. They have been edited out of the recording:
Two ways of life were thus given by the law of Christ to His Church. The one is above nature, and beyond common human living; it admits not marriage, child-bearing, property nor the possession of wealth, but wholly and permanently separate from the common customary life of mankind, it devotes itself to the service of God alone in its wealth of heavenly love! And they who enter on this course, appear to die to the life of mortals, to bear with them nothing earthly but their body, and in mind and spirit to have passed to heaven. Like some celestial beings they gaze upon human life, performing the duty of a priesthood to Almighty God for the whole race, not with sacrifices of bulls and blood, nor with libations and unguents, nor with smoke and consuming fire and destruction of bodily things, but with right principles of true holiness, and of a soul purified in disposition, and above all with virtuous deeds and words; with such they propitiate the Divinity, and celebrate their priestly rites for themselves and their race. Such then is the perfect form of the Christian life. And the other more humble, more human, permits men to join in pure nuptials and to produce children, to undertake government, to give orders to soldiers fighting for right; it allows them to have minds for farming, for trade, and other more secular interests as well as for religion. . . . And a kind of secondary grade of piety is attributed to them.
(Demonstratio Evangelica, Bk. I, Ch. 8)
"Therefore I advise no one to enter anyreligious order or the priesthood, indeed, I advise everyone against it – unless he is forearmed with this knowledge and understands that the works of monks and priests, however holy and arduous they may be, do not differ one whit in the sight of God from the works of the rustic labourer in the field or the woman going about her household tasks, but that all works are measured before God by faith alone."
(The Babylonian Captivity of the Church (1520))
In adition we read:
Twenty years ago this year Charles Handy, the highly influential management thinker and London Business School professor published "The Empty Raincoat" (a reference to a sculpture by Judith Shea in Minneapolis). In the book Handy explains "to me the empty raincoat is the symbol of our most pressing paradox. We were not destined to be empty raincoats, nameless numbers on a payroll, role occupants, the raw material of economics or sociology, statistics in some government report. If that is to be its price then economic progress is an empty promise. There must be more to life then to be a cog in someone else's great machine, hurtling God knows where".
In this occasional CHOW series we will be taking a constructively critical look at some of the key management ideas that have shaped our working lives. Our speakers will be experts drawn from within the Business Connect network.
Topics can be drawn from fields such as:
·Information Technology Management
·Organisational Change Management
Do you have some expertise to share with us as a part of this series - why not get in touch and see if you might be able to help by delivering one of the talks in the series: Contact Paul on firstname.lastname@example.org