Going Horizontal in a Vertical World (Poem)

Wednesday at Work Poem

Our organizational problems

stem from being so vertical in a horizontal world.

Elevators of rank, privilege, and delusion

traverse up and down the corporate hierarchy

giving the illusion of height over width.

Even our page views are portrait not landscape.

We need to move horizontally

to be in touch with each other.

Can we dwell on the level

rather than taking it to the next level?

Whatever deluded us to think

our title, role, or function put us above or below anyone else?

I love the limitless stretch of expansive prairie

as we see forever in all directions

never hearing, “look out below.”

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