Monthly Archives: May 2011

There’s no healthy way to sell Jack his magic beans


Brian Fuller commented here

The really disturbing thing to me is that we have been studying corporate cultures for more than a hundred years and no one seems to have the right answer. Only a handful of companies are every held up as paragons of corporate culture (the old HP and the old IBM for example).

I replied

Maybe there are so few healthy corporate cultures because there are so few corporations with healthy purposes. Most corporations are in the business of selling people things they don’t need, or of enabling other corporations to do so. Philip Morris, Coca-Cola, Nintendo, Nokia, Gucci, it’s all the same story. There’s no healthy way to sell Jack his magic beans.