02.07.2017

Why Organisations Occasionally Need A Court Jester

Polkadot Consultants Ltd Business Consultant
1

Why Organisations Occasionally Need A Court Jester

1
It is unlikely that many folk will have heard of Will Sommers, or the important role that he played in the court of Henry the Eighth, but we can learn from that relationship when it comes to organisations in modern Britain.

We don’t need to tell you that change is common companion in the workplace today, you, like many others (us included) are knee deep in dealing with it on a daily basis.

You want to get the best from your employees, their work and the social capital that is derived from collaboration and learning is key to achieving that.

The Jester, as opposed to the fool; more characterised by the statement “somewhere a village is missing an idiot”, was a shrewd political player when it came to court intrigue, change and culture. Samuel Pepys in his famous diary stylises one such character as “The King’s fool and jester, with the power to mock and revile even the most prominent without penalty” (12 February 1668).

William Sommer was adept at influencing through entertainment, with satirical swipes and comical anecdotes that delighted and informed the audience as well as exposing their own need for change and learning.

The relationship between William and Henry owed nothing to deference and he could plainly say that which others would dare not utter, no elephants in the room when he was around.

In the courts of organisations today, some far greater and grander than the kingdoms of old, the jester is mostly absent.

The single most important time when a modern king or queen can gain from the type of discussion, satirical input and friendly banter that the Jester epitomises; is when they are in the social space of the learning environment.

As with the Jester, the best Learning and Development professionals are adept at the theatricality employed all those years ago to grease the engines of commerce, change, culture and politics.

When you chose to undertake learning, you will reap rewards if you ensure that the individual L&D professionals you contract with have the gravitas, wit, knowledge and experience to engage and reach the audience as only the best performers can.

After all, which are you most likely to enjoy, remember, learn from and share, a trip to the theatre or another death by PowerPoint?

We have the odd Jester or two at court.

Contact us for all your learning needs
  • #polkadotconsultant
  • #polkahash
  • #learning
Polkadot Consultants Ltd Business Consultant

Introducing Barry Wall

"Business should be exciting and fun, consequently, I'm serious about what I do, just not…

Comments (1)

Property

Good news for buy to let investors

The UK housing market is constantly in the news, whether the reports are about the…
Employment & HR

HR & SME Growth Cycle

HR and the SME growth cycleWhen 14.4 million people in the UK went to work this morning,…
Business Management

Good health and safety practices save you money (no, not...

Good health and safety practices save you money (no, not fines!)“Health and Safety has…

More Articles

Financial Services

Regency appoints new BDM to lead UK Business Expansion

Regency Factors welcomes new Business Development Manager Lee JonesRegency Factors PLC,…
Property

Manchester named one of world’s top cities for investment

A major new report released by IT giant IBM has revealed that, thanks to FinTech, cyber…
Business Management

Are you ensuring your staff do not let you down?

The internet is full of information regarding both GDPR and Cyber Security. Sophisticated…

Would you like to promote an article ?

Post articles and opinions on Manchester Professionals to attract new clients and referrals. Feature in newsletters.
Join for free today and upload your articles for new contacts to read and enquire further.

Find the right professionals in Manchester

View The Full Index

Search By:

Submit your Enquiry here

Enquiry Details

Contact Details