Peacock in the Land of Penguins

Posted on Wed 18 June 2008 in ClubReading

If you work in a large organization, you may be a peacock in the land of penguins.

This is a fable, of a peacock who was brilliant. He was recruited by the penguins because of his brilliance, but once he was in the land of penguins, he did not fit in. He was not black and white, he was multi-hued. His bosses didn't like him because he was not like them. His co-workers who were penguins did not like him because he was not a penguin.

In addition to the peacock, there are other exotic birds in the land of penguins, but they don't fit in either. All of the penguins want all of the other birds to be just like them, and when they cannot be like penguins, they are disliked and dismissed.

For anyone who has ever felt that their contributions to an organization are dismissed because of who they are rather than the work they do, this book will hit a cord. For anyone who has felt that they are on the outside because they aren't like the ruling class (the "penguins"), this book will hit a cord.

In addition to the fable, the third edition has strategies for peacock survival in the land of penguins. It is interesting to see the strategies and which ones could be used. Interestingly, this book was given to me by a woman who is fairly high in the chain, and might be described as a penguin.