A business management story about demanding bosses and how they get results focused on how power is exercised in the office. The image of the square-jawed military commander making tough decisions directing people’s lives is used as a dependable metaphor in the business culture, but what works for the military does not necessarily work in the private sector.
Managing people is a delicate balance, you must promote a sense of professionalism and responsibility in your office, while not being seen as a cold, demanding, nit-picker. The best leaders know that motivating people is more complicated than just bluntly wielding the stick and carrot.
To illustrate the concept, an image of highly-decorated general Kip Ward was obtained though a Creative-Commons search, which pointed me to flickr and an excellent image by the US Army Africa. Flickr also offers excellent shots of flowers, where I chose this daisy from member bymanu, the daisy representing the carrot in this instance.
Combining the images has an interesting affect. The objects themselves would not seem to be antithetical, but a juxtaposition reveals the two-sided nature of the flower: It symbolizes beauty, benevolence and peace, while fiercely competing for attention with the fruit-salad on the general’s chest. The final image with the story on the home page of BNET