Tribal Leadership is all about language. Words are used to diagnosis as well as improve culture and ultimately performance. The ‘Life Sucks’ to ‘Life is Great’ description of the 5 cultural stages very quickly connotes what each cultural stage is like.
I’ve often had difficulty, however, using these words in conversation when describing the cultural stages. As soon as I get to ‘Life Sucks’, a reaction is generated by those I’m speaking with that stops the flow of conversation. I’ve tried starting with stage 5, but it just doesn’t seem as effective.
As a personal exercise to find a better (for me) way to describe the stages, I’ve decided to write a poem and create a drawing that imparts the feeling one experiences when at that stage – either as an individual or a tribe.
Here is what I have for Stage 1
Misery. No Worth.
Woe is despicable we.
Resigned. No hope. Death.