Innovation: The ties that bind
In addition to being the authoritative resource on everything related to technology and information, Google is now the worldwide fashion authority. Controversial thought leader Nicholas Carr, former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, points to a letter to the editor in the Financial Times that links wearing ties to a lack of creativity:
"Sir, Your fashion editor analyses whether the tie has a future. Well, it has a rather bloody past, to be sure.
constricts circulation to the brain. And it acts as decorative
camouflage for the business suit, designed to shield the middle-aged
male physique, with its shrinking shoulders and protruding paunch, from
feeling sufficiently self-conscious to hit the gym.
lose their "business attire" and wear T-shirts to work. Wouldn't you
like to know whether your business partners are fit? Why should you
trust a man in business if he abuses his own body? And heaven knows
what waves of creativity might be unleashed, when men are freed from
If your fashion editor can hardly imagine a
better garment for men to exhibit their personality, power and
masculinity than wearing ties, well . . . I work at Google. Our
unofficial motto is, "Be serious without a suit."
The letter is signed by none other than the "Global Privacy Counsel" of Google. Anyway, keep an eye out for Nicholas Carr's new book, The Big Switch: Our New Digital Destiny, due out in January 2008.
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