Director - Emerson Ethics Center
During Atlas Week, the Emerson Leadership Institute challenged students to learn as much as they could about leadership ethics and policy, and students did not disappoint. We had over 120 photos sent to us of students in front of our #SLULEAP posters at Atlas week events, and 20% of contestants met the required 8 events to be eligible for the grand prize of an iPad! The winners of the first #SLULEAP challenge are:
As a society we are obsessed with metrics. We feel good when a milestone is achieved. When most of us think about milestones, we generally view them as marking progress toward a destination. A journey if you will, along a road from where we are to where we want to be. However, a road is often a two way street, and milestones on that road are sometimes viewed very differently by travelers passing one another in opposite directions.
There are certain phrases that transcend purposes and can be used as shortcuts in conversations to quickly communicate a common understanding. For example, whether listening to your boss or watching the Rams, when you hear the phrase “We need a ‘Hail Mary’” you know that the situation is dire, there is no time for mistakes, and the only thing that can resurrect hope is an other-worldly intervention…a miracle. These phrases are metaphors meant to ignite intense emotion the moment they are uttered.
The Cambridge Dictionaries Online defines the noun hyperbole as ”a way of speaking or writing that makes someone or something sound much bigger, better, smaller, worse, more unusual, etc., than they are.” The definition must be accurate because, according to the Cambridge Dictionaries Online website, they are “The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English.” It’s refreshing to see such a trusted internet source rely on data and not hyperbole to differentiate themselves in the online marketplace.