A thought-provoking new look at an old classic
Whenever a new animated movie for kids comes out, I’m the f irst one there. Not because I particularly like this genre, but because I’ve got an eight-year-old and a seven-year-old who drag me there. It’s always a pretty entertaining outing, even though the movie is clearly not aimed at me. This is no coincidence – in fact, it’s part of the genius of these movies. The script works on two levels: the basic level aimed at the kiddies, and a more subtle, nuanced level aimed at the parents. The producers know that parents inevitably accompany their kids to the cinema, and so they deliberately create an experience for both.
The other night I was reading a bedtime story to my kids and I noticed exactly the same thing. It was the classic fairy tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, and I found that the essence of the story is more relevant to CEOs of large companies than it is to young kids. So here is my slightly adapted version of the story (with apologies to Hans Christian Andersen).
Once upon a time, there l ived an emperor named CEO who loved beautiful new clothes. He spent all his money on clothes and loved showing them off. He didn’t care much about his loyal subjects, as long as they provided him with enough money to buy new outfits.
One day, two consultants came to the emperor’s city. They claimed to know how to make the finest cloth imaginable. The quality was of the highest standard, and on top of that it had the amazing property that it was invisible to anyone