21 October 2008

His Serene Highness

This is Ferdinand-Philippe, the Duke of Orléans, who died in a car accident in 1842. (*).

His statue reminds me of someone I worked with briefly a few years ago. Pompous, arrogant, disdainful, and overdressed. If you're a duke, and the king's son, you can probably get away with it.

If you're a low-ranking manager, try another strategy.

* It was actually a "voiture à cheval", a horse and carriage. Modern vehicles kill people much more effectively, but it is interesting that the culture of death on the roads was already in place so long ago.

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