Business blog on innovation, leadership and conflict.
In ancient Rome, roughly 1 in 3 people in Italy were slaves. There was concern in the Roman senate that slaves would cause a rebellion. The Roman senate debated the idea that all slaves wear the same colour toga – so that Roman citizens could know the status of the person to whom they were addressing. After much deliberation, the Roman senate decided against the measure arguing that if slaves could easily identify themselves they would plot against Romans.
Fast forward to today. There are many changes occurring in business. Many entrepreneurs are struggling to implement change, seek out investors, and develop something new. Quite often entrepreneurs will dilute their original idea to fit in – not to sell, not to gain investors, not a better version of their original idea – but to fit in and blend in. Basically to become wall paper, it’s there but no one notices it. I think this does a great disservice to the entrepreneur, the markets and society as a whole.
Instead, I suggest that entrepreneurs wear their togas. Stand out. Be different. Show everyone just how unique your company is. Only then will you be able to find like-minded partners, truly interested parties, and potential sales. If people see your toga as blending in with that of everyone else, then they don't see you. Wear your new toga with pride.
Allo there ~ I'm Renée and this is my blog on leadership and business development. Here I explore the nexus between leadership, conflict resolution, networks, innovation and prosperity.