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Frog @ Eskhill
Several management writers have used a frog as
a metaphor of their management thinking. We
particularly like the thoughts of Charles Handy
and Alistair Mant:
Charles Handy wrote in The Age of Unreason: If
you put a frog in water and slowly heat it, the
frog will eventually let itself be boiled to death.
We, too, will not survive if we don't respond to
the radical way in which the world is changing.
Alistair Mant wrote about change management in
Intelligent Leadership. He explained the key idea
of systems thinking by using the metaphor of the
bicycle (which can be taken apart and put
together again and tinkered with, and which is
passive) and the frog (which ceases to be a frog
beyond a certain level of interference and which
is likely to try to resist).
And beyond these metaphors of change and systems thinking we chose a frog symbol because:
Frog people understand change and transformation. What could be more fascinating than a
creature that begins life in water swimming freely like a fish, and gradually grows and develops
feet, lungs instead of gills, sheds its tail, expands the size of its head, and climbs upon a rock and
hops off onto land. We too are transformed within the womb, from a tiny fish like creature that
swims in fluid, to the air breathing infant that emerges at birth.
Frog people are also aware of our earliest beginnings. The earliest known frog fossils were found
in Arizona and are believed to be from the late Jurassic period, about 190 million years ago. The
frog helps when you feel alienated from nature and from the earth. A frog reminds us that we all
came from the same beginnings and share one common bond.
And frogs leap - some up to 20 times their body length - so for great leaps forward, for
transformational change and for sustainable existence - think frog @ eskhill.
Add to these metaphors the story of the frog and the prince and Beatrix Potter's Jeremy Fisher,
(not to mention the frogs - live and iconic - that inhabit our pond at the Green House and Mains
of Rymore!) and we felt that we had our perfect symbol.
In Japan frogs are symbols of
Native American and Australian
aborigines believed frogs
In India frogs personified
In China it wasn't the Man in the
Moon but the Frog in the Moon.
In ancient Egypt frogs were
symbols of resurrection.