Obstacle? Opportunity?


Obstacle? Opportunity?

An open door is frequently used as a metaphor for opportunity. And, for the most part, it serves that purpose well. Hit your target and WHOOSH! nothin' but doorway. Because, obviously, one doesn't walk through a door. One walks through the doorway.

But what about the wall the door is in? What should that be interpreted as? Some may see it as representing the obstacles that have been overcome to get to the opportunity of the open door. That gives one the visual of some poor sod bouncing off the wall as she or he tries for the goal that's just through the doorway. Others may see it as representing the care one must take when heading for that next opportunity. One step to one side or the other and SPLAT! nothin' but wall.

So, assuming you get nothin' but doorway, what then? What of obstacles that are just beyond the open door? What if you go hurtling through the door only to trip on a rumpled bit of carpet or stumble into a railing around a three-story atrium? What then? Problem solving and rationalization skills to the fore!

Imagine this scenario:

He: Thank you for hiring me! I've got my coffee supply ready for what I expect to be an overwhelming first day.
She: Coffee? Oh, no! We don't allow that here! It's against the owners' religion! I was wondering what that smell was...
He: ::goes to restroom to dispose of coffee::
She: We have some lovely caffeine-free herbal teas in the break room if you'd like...
He: No, no... I think I'll be OK without. So it's caffeine that's the problem. I see. I'll be OK.
She: If you're sure...
He: Yep, I'll be fine. Thankfully there's a coffee place just around the corner.
She: Oh, we really prefer that our employees stay completely away from caffeine in all forms during the work day. We like to know that the products we produce are due entirely to our employees' efforts. We think caffeine is no different than any other drug.
He: ::notices dead-eyed employee at desk as they walk past::
She: So, here's your office. If you want to drop your things here we can make the rounds of your department and introduce you to the management team as well.
He: ::estimates his "new" computer workstation to be about 5 years old, wonders if things can get worse::
She: We'll start with introducing you to the IT Manager. Marshall can start setting you up on the network once you fill out the forms he uses.
Marshall: So pleased to meet you! I'll have your Netware ID ready to go by the end of the day!
He: You're ... Er, we're still using Netware?
Marshall: Yep! We sure are! No point in fixing what isn't broken!
He: Um...  Wow.  Just ... wow.
She: So, lets go meet the boss now.
He: Sure! I'd really like to meet the woman at the helm, the woman who built the company from the ground up.
She: Oh, the boss isn't a woman. He's a man. ::giggles:: And he inherited the company when his mother passed away suddenly a year ago.
He: Oh! Um... OK. I had assumed that ... Your web site doesn't... Um...

You get the picture, yes? I think this qualifies as the railing around a three story atrium. But is the cup half empty or half full?

On the half-full side he has a job, and it's clear that there's room to improve the daily operation of the company. On the half-empty side, the company appears to be several years behind the rest of the world when it comes to technology, and there are some really odd restrictions in place that could hamper the productivity of the employees.

Me? I'm not sure what I'd do in that kind of situation.

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