ACTIVITY 2: A Peacock in the Land of Penguins

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ACTIVITY 2: A Peacock in the Land of Penguins Characters: Name Penguin #1 Penguin #2 Penguin #3 Perry the Peacock Jack the Jaybird Helen the Hawk Sarah the Swan Props and/or clothing suggestions White
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ACTIVITY 2: A Peacock in the Land of Penguins Characters: Name Penguin #1 Penguin #2 Penguin #3 Perry the Peacock Jack the Jaybird Helen the Hawk Sarah the Swan Props and/or clothing suggestions White shirt; black tie; black coat if possible Tuxedo painted on T shirt White shirt; black tie; black coat if possible Tuxedo painted on T shirt White shirt; black tie; black coat if possible Tuxedo painted on T shirt Bright colored shirt; equally bright colored tie; bright colored jacket if possible Brightly colored T shirt (tiedyed?) Bright blue shirt and tie Hat or cap Cardboard box Brown shirt or coat; scarf or necklace; book or some paperwork Pink or pale blue blouse or T shirt; pastel scarf or feathered boa Demeanor Firm; unanimated; direct; few if any eye or body movements Firm; unanimated; direct; few if any eye or body movements Firm; unanimated; direct; few if any eye or body movements Animated; excited; loud; pleasant; energetic Animated; inquisitive; in constant movement; full of ideas Intelligent; focused; detailed; aggressive Soft-spoken; shy Role Play: Narrator Welcome to the Land of Penguins, a tight-knit organization that may bear some resemblances to other organizations you know. There are a lot of other birds that work in the Land of Penguins, but upper management is interestingly.only penguins. The Land of Penguins has flourished for many years. Built on sound business principles, the Land of Penguins has resisted all temptations to change or to entertain radical new ideas. But, other organizations have begun to take away some of the business that had always belonged to the Land of Penguins, so management has begun to discuss what they should do. Let s listen in on a recent discussion Three penguins standing or sitting in a circle. Very stern as they discuss an important situation. Penguin #1 I guess we all know that business has been down, and we have to get to the root of the problem. Any thoughts? Penguin #2 Well, as much as we try, there just aren t enough of us penguins to keep up with the pressures of competition. I think we may need to look at promoting some of the other birds. Penguin #1 We ve tried that in the past, and they never seem to work out they just don t understand how to fit in to our business culture. Penguin #3 Maybe we need to look outside and recruit some new birds into the organization. Who knows, there might be someone out there who could help us. Penguin #2 Have either of you heard about this peacock, Perry, who seems to be doing great things over at the Land of Communication? Penguin #1 No, but it wouldn t hurt to bring him in for an interview and see if he s got the right stuff. Narrator Perry was a very talented peacock, who had accomplished some very impressive things in his own land. He could write well and was excellent at managing his budgets. He was creative and imaginative, and at the same time, practical and sensible. He had many friends and admirers in his own land, and was very popular and well-liked. Senior managers in the Land of Penguins were intrigued when they met Perry the Peacock. They knew that he was different but they were impressed with what he had achieved in his career, and they were fascinated with the possibilities that he represented. They felt that Perry had real Penguin Potential. Let s join Perry and one of the penguins as they discuss this opportunity. Perry and Penguin #3 shaking hands. Perry Gee, this seems like such a great organization! I m very grateful for the opportunity to join you. Penguin #3 I have a lot of ideas that I think will help, and I look forward to sharing them with you! I can t wait to get started! Perry, we want your fresh thinking and new ideas. We admire your track record and want you to do great things for us. Welcome aboard. Narrator It would seem that Perry had found a perfect organization in which to prosper, and that the penguins had found just what they were looking for, too. But the penguins had recruited other birds before, and just as soon as the new birds were inside the organization, management issued them penguin suits and began pressuring them to walk, talk, act, and think more like penguins. Penguin #1 Narrator The penguins said (Proudly) We value diversity! But their actions said otherwise. Let s listen in on one of their conversations several months after Perry joined them. Penguins standing and talking Penguin #2 Have you heard all of the noise coming from Perry s office. He seems to get so excited when he talks on the phone or to the other birds. Penguin #1 I know, it s so unpenguinlike. Penguin #2 I m not sure if that bothers me the most, or if it s just that his clothes are so flashy. Why doesn t he just dress and talk like a penguin? Penguin #3 Maybe we should just bring him in and ask him. Narrator So, the penguins set up a meeting with Perry to help him become better adjusted to his environment to become a better member of the team. Perry called in to meet with Penguins who are sitting or standing Penguin#3 Perry, you ve been doing some good things here in the Land of the Penguins, but we think that you re having some trouble adjusting. We wonder why you insist on dressing like you do.and talking so darn loud. Perry I know my dress and mannerisms are a little different from what you are used to, but I am accomplishing a lot. Can t I just be judged on my achievements? Why do I need to change? Penguins #1,2, &3 (Looking at each other and then at Perry) Well, that s just the way things are. Narrator Perry was really feeling down. He knows that other birds have had some similar experiences, so he thought that he would talk about the situation with some of them. Perry Thanks for talking with me. I know it hasn t been easy for all of you either. What do you think we should do? Jack the Jaybird Helen the Hawk Jack (Pacing fast) I don t know I ve got lots of ideas I try to tell the Penguins about them, but they slam their office doors in my face They say I shouldn t bother them with my unorthodox plans I should follow protocol I should get in step with the organization. How have you responded.? Well, I tried to be more like them I bought some penguin clothes started walking and talking slower, but it didn t help. When I couldn t be myself, it seemed like my ideas vanished. And, I never did figure out what protocol I was supposed to follow. Helen the Hawk Perry Helen I m not sure anymore that the Land of the Penguins is for me. I m sorry to hear that, Jack. I think you really are doing a good job. But I understand. I ve spent a lot of time looking at our procedures, our use of resources, and our goals and actions. One time I wrote up a detailed report with data documenting my findings. What happened? Penguin management told me I was spending too much time scrutinizing everything and being too aggressive in trying to make my point, and that my pushiness was unpenguinlike. They liked the way I communicated, and my thoroughness when they asked me to join the Land of Penguins. Now Sarah the Swan they want me to change. My problem is just the opposite. I sit in on meetings and no one will listen to what I have to say. They think I m too softspoken and shy. They don t take me seriously. I d try to be like a penguin if I could, but that just wouldn t be me. Sometimes I wonder what I m doing here. Narrator So the birds went back to work without solving their problem. As time passed, things continued as before. Some of the other birds who were determined to transform themselves tried very hard to become penguins. They walked the penguin walk; they talked the penguin talk. They preened and practiced to produce the desired result. But ultimately they failed, because they couldn t change who they really were. A few birds, like Perry, didn t even try to become penguins. He resisted the penguins advice and pressure, firm in his conviction that he should be valued for his results. One day Perry noticed Jack walking past his office with his hat on carrying a cardboard box. Perry standing as Jack is walking past him. Perry Jack, where are you going? Jack So long, Perry. You know, I really tried to be a penguin, but it didn t work. Management told me today that I made them uncomfortable that I didn t fit. They told me to leave. Narrator Perry felt bad about Jack, and he called Sarah to see how she was doing. To his surprise, Sarah had left the Land of Penguins several weeks ago and had joined another organization. Now Perry wondered about Helen, so he called her office. Here s their conversation. Perry and Helen are on the phone talking to each other. They are facing in opposite directions. Perry (On phone) Hi Helen. I guess you know that Sarah left the organization and Jack was asked to leave today. I was just wondering how you are doing. Helen I m fine, Jack. Everything seems to be OK. Perry Helen Perry (On phone) Wow, I m so glad to hear that! So the penguins are beginning to accept some of your suggestions for change? (On phone) No, Jack. I just realized that I was spending much too much time trying to fix things that weren t broken. I can see that it served no purpose and was really disrupting the way we do things here. How about you, Perry? (On phone) Umm..uhh I ll have to get back to you, Helen. Bye! Narrator Perry felt he had the whole picture now. The structures and systems in the Land of Penguins were rigid and unbending, and the policies and procedures ensured the continuity of the penguin practices. It was now clear that individual efforts at persuasion and influence were foolish and futile in the face of such longstanding tradition and structure. The penguin ways had developed over many years and would not change easily or soon. So Perry packed up his things and looked further for a place in the Sea of Organizations where he could be a peacock and be valued for his uniqueness. The penguins? Let s listen in on a final conversation Three penguins standing or sitting in a circle. Very stern as they discuss an important situation. Penguin #1 I guess we all know that business has been down, and we have to get to the root of the problem. Any thoughts? Penguin #2 Well, as much as we try, there just aren t enough of us penguins to keep up with the pressures of competition. I think we may need to look at promoting some of the other birds. Penguin #1 We ve tried that in the past, and they never seem to work out they just don t understand how to fit in to our business culture. Penguin #3 Maybe we need to look outside and recruit some new birds into the organization. Who knows, there might be someone out there who could help us??? Return to narrator who looks at audience. Narrator I don t think so (looks at participants) What about all of you???
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