Man with box on head

Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash

In the office where I used to work, there was a picture on the conference room wall of a man with a cardboard box on his head. It was like the photo above only a painting – like a would-be Magritte. If you google ‘businessman with a cardboard box on his head’ there are hundreds of versions of the same image. It is obviously a very common stock photo, so must be popular with all sorts of businesspeople.

But staring at the painting in our office, I always wondered what on earth it represented. Was it meant to be my boss (the one who bought the picture)? In which case, why did he have a cardboard box on his head? It seemed to imply the man was stupid, or blinkered, or lost. And surely, that is not the message my boss wanted to convey to the world! Did it represent one of his clients? In which case, it was not very flattering to the client. You certainly wouldn’t want to have to explain that to them in a meeting. I was there for many years but never worked out what the painting was all about.

Well, lately I’ve decided that the picture represented me and my complete failure to fathom the world of business …

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Published by Peter Runkel. Reluctant business consultant … Lives life (mainly) in PowerPoint.

Published by Peter Runkel

Being quite reserved, I have always been interested in those people at the other end of the spectrum - the ones with an unswerving self-belief, sometimes apparently quite out of proportion to their abilities. I wanted to be like them - their lives seemed so much easier by comparison. Now, having thought about it, I’m not so sure I do. I think they have also got it wrong, just in the equal and opposite way. And it's actually about finding some sort of balance.

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