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March 24, 2006

News & Opinion: "More Shirt-Sleeve Than Pin-Stripe"

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 8:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I love pin-stripes. They're classy and clean. But even with my love for them, I have to admit that I'm glad we're not a pin-stripe suit environment. While formality can be great for certain occasions, sometimes it can detract from the openness of an environment. Why am I mentioning my love of pin-stripes? This book plopped on my desk today along with about 10 other books. It caught my attention. I randomly flipped to a page spread of a guy with a pin-stripe suit being rolled up over his elbows on the right and the following quote on the left:
MORE SHIRT-SLEEVE THAN PIN-STRIPE. In a meeting you don't have to worry about how you are coming across to collagues, because they are busy worrying about how they are coming across to you. Meetings are for those with not enough to do. A meeting is a performance, an act to convince people of their own importance. The real players don't need to act out the meeting game. They roll up their sleeves and get on with the job. From the book Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite
It's the first paragraph that struck me. How often in business do we put on our pin-stripes and forget to roll up our sleeves and get the job done?

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.