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Heroes deserve more than our praise...
Heroes deserve more than our praise...
Greetings, Ninja!

We’re all familiar with the typical Hero’s Journey:

Embracing high stakes and impossible odds, Hero sets out on an adventure that promises victory… and danger. Hero trudges forth, confronts obstacles with some close calls, and narrowly averts demise. Hero saves the day! Hero is celebrated! After the parade passes, Hero is left to endure the ensuing physical and mental scars, alone, until called on once again...

That makes for a riveting narrative, sure, but… who here wants to live and work this way?

More importantly, do we actually need to?

What if the Hero had an engaged coalition — a collective of heroes, say — to share the responsibility so that one person isn’t made to single-handedly save the day?

Even still, heroism by the collective — or the repeated heroism by occupant after occupant of a given role (ahem, Ninjas) — indicates a failure of the surrounding system.

That is, Heroes exist because something is wrong.

So, let’s be careful with Heroes, whether we’re celebrating their triumphs or donning the cape ourselves.

Because Heroes deserve more than our praise. They deserve not to be Heroes.


— OfficeNinjas HQ

ABOVE AND BEYOND

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