I have to share this Harvard Business Review blog about how ties helped derail a large acquisition of a UK firm by a firm in the USA. Talk about “Fun in Suits” – the folks at Pharmateam were really serious about protecting their culture when their world collided with that their new owner. And ties were a big part of it, presenting a quietly visible yet powerful symbol of dissent:
“Soon tie-wearing employees began to sit together on one side of the company’s cafeteria, while non-tie-wearing people occupied the other side. Whenever another employee would appear back in his tie, a round of cheers and applause would erupt.”
Here’s the link — enjoy.
And ask yourself – how tied are you to your tie?
Marguerite Orane presents Fun In Suits: Laughter when things are serious at Mindcamp 2013.