How Mighty the Tie!

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Burgundy-Red-Mens-Tieby Marguerite Orane

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?

orane_marMarguerite Orane presents Fun In Suits: Laughter when things are serious at Mindcamp 2013.

Comments 4

  1. Thanks for sharing the “How Mighty the Tie” article. I enjoyed it. I used to work for a pharma company and went through a couple of acquisitions. I can relate to the sentiment of the article.

    Things have changed for me! Now, I have my own company. It’s Monday morning and I’ve been working hard in my home office. I’m not sure where any of my ties are and I’m enjoying wearing shorts and a tee-shirt.

    Back to work and thanks for the interesting break.

  2. Thanks Tom. I do relate to you new mode of attire! No ties for me either – but lots of “suits” sitting in my closet. Don’t miss wearing them at all!

    Have a happy Monday – keep laughing and I hope to see you at Mindcamp!



  3. The power of the tie. It’s been a debate for 20 years in North American business, starting with ‘casual Fridays,’ where jeans were allowed for a charity donation in normally suit-and-tie companies, bleeding into casual all-week. In fact, this pointless piece of male decoration makes men look smart (witness the slovenliness of the G8 leaders recently photographed in Northern Ireland tie-less) and furthermore makes them feel smart. Beware those who promote the casual attitude. Fine for the IT team, but professionals should look and feel like professionals. Thanks for the link. This article is an exceptional contribution to the debate.

    1. Thanks for your comments Nigel. One thought – I have seen many a sloppy, unprofessional looking tie-wearer, and many a smart, professional looking non-tie wearer. Indeed, as the world becomes more global, it’s good to open to different perspectives on what “professional” looks like. It may be robes, sarongs, wraps …. which are all just wrappings for confident, competent, performing professionals. Let’s not judge a book by the cover we are used to. Thanks again!

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