The walls at work have been plastered in the last few days with corporate propaganda posters. These brightly coloured items sing the praises of the company, its customer focused attitude, and the dedication of its staff.

It could be worse, at least we are not subjected to those facile “motivational” posters that are advertised on the pages of in-flight magazine. These motivational posters feature a photograph, a headline, and then a aphorism intended to inspire staff. A typical example shows a Lion, with the headline of Leadership, and the phrase: “Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition—in having put forth the best within you.” (See poster here)

They are presumably used in companies where a glossy photograph offers more inspiration and guidance than the management. I would have thought it unlikely that any company would actually use these, but on my first ever visit to the US, I saw them all over the office walls of a Fortune 100 company.

There is an antidote to these posters and their vapid statements, offered by Despair, Inc. They offer posters with a similar style, but with very different messages. You can purchase a poster with a lion here too; it has a headline of Arrogance and the phrase: “The best leaders inspire by example. When that’s not an option, brute intimidation works pretty well, too.” This has the advantage over the real one of being funnier and far more accurate.


Published in: on 5 March, 2009 at 7:49  Comments (1)  

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  1. Hanging this one in your office soon?

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