Why business is like Monty Python and the Holy Grail
How about some Kool-Aid?
Sacrificing long-term health for the sake of expediency
Attitude is Everything!
It all started as a joke, a comment a co-worker made when we were reviewing projects as part of a corporate initiative. We had seen these projects before and rejected them before because they didn't have much benefit. Now as part of new initiative, they were somehow more attractive? "Bring out your dead! Bring out all your dead projects! They'll seem healthy now." This sparked a neuron and suddenly I began to see allusions to Monty Python and the Holy Grail everywhere I looked. Isn't business a lot like Monty Python's search for the Holy Grail? Think about it. Read more...
The movie opens with Arthur and his trusty servant banging coconut shells together and prancing in a ridiculous fashion to imitate horse-riding. (Well, actually the movie opens with several minutes of credits that include fake Swedish, multiple mentions of moose, an apology by Richard Nixon, and well, you get the drift.) Anyway, the Monty Python crew couldn't afford horses so they used coconut shells to imitate hoofbeats.... Read more...
The black plague is rampant in the Medieval Ages as whole villages are wiped out and the disease spreads rapidly, leaving hordes of dead bodies in its wake. Here's the man with the cart to collect those bodies so that their rotted masses don't bring more disease and infection. John Cleese brings out his family member, only, one problem - he's not dead yet. Eric Idle objects. ... Read more...
Now the only thing separating Arthur and his men from the grail is the Bridge of Death that hangs over the Gorge of Eternal Peril. The bridge is guarded by the crotchety old Bridge Keeper, the old man from scene 24. Just answer his three questions correctly, and you may pass safely across the bridge. Answer incorrectly and you will be swept off the bridge and fall to your death in the gorge. Read more...
This website is based on a book that uses the movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, as an analogy for the life in a modern corporation - an illusive objective, bloated egos, a dysfunctional leadership team, and idiocy all around.
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