Keep Calm and Carry On

I think it would be fair to assume that you have the occasional day when you feel that the sky is falling in.  Global events and the world financial markets are creating anxiousness and a sense of helplessness.  Where can we look for reassurance?

An effective tonic

In 1939 on the eve of war, the British Government’s Ministry of Information produced three posters, one of which was “Keep Calm and Carry On.”  Two and a half million copies of this poster were printed for distribution, only in the event of an imminent German invasion.  Fortunately, they were not distributed, but the discovery of an old poster has resulted in unexpected resonance.  Tens of thousand of copies have been sold, along with mugs, T-shirts, and tea towels.  The message, it seems, is an effective tonic for modern anxieties, as it was for those who endured the Blitz.

A reassuring message

With the uncharted waters of the economic downturn, the “Keep Calm and Carry On” slogan has come into its own since the autumn of 2008.  The poster has come to represent our current predicament with even the BBC asking the question, “Is this the greatest motivational poster ever?”  So, in an age of recession and information overload, words of comfort and wisdom can be found in the “Keep Calm and Carry On” book of quotations.  Covering quotations of both Calm and Carry On, they capture the spirit and brevity of the first, reassuring instruction.


About leaderwalk

Diane Thompson is principal of Thompson Performance Consulting and is a practitioner in the field of organization development and design. Diane has 25 years of management experience in private and public organizations and is a keen observer and student of organizational dynamics and the factors that impact high performance. Diane's direct experience as a manager and her body of knowledge from her MA, Human Systems Intervention, converge to support clients and leaders with transition and change.
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3 Responses to Keep Calm and Carry On

  1. Opus the Poet says:

    So, instead of filling the tumbrels with the 1% that caused the world economy to tank and feeding them to Madame Guillotine by the dozens, we should just keep on ignoring what happened? Or keep calm and carry on while Madame Guillotine feeds? 😉

    • leaderwalk says:

      This is not to suggest that we should do nothing….but more about when forces external to our control cause events that impact us and ones that we need to contemplate and work through, it is essential to gain perspective before deciding what an individual action or corporate action might be or can be…so staying calm to gain perspective and moving ahead with what needs to be done in the context of the situation.

  2. sweetopiagirl says:

    Reblogged this on inspiredweightloss.

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