loyalty & individuals

From 50 years ago

Our buggy moral code | Dan Ariely

What does it mean to be "loyal"?

Many an officer who shipped out to Saigon carried with him a dog-eared copy of “Street Without Joy: Indochina at War, 1946–1954,” published in 1961. In early 1968, when it seemed possible that American forces could be in for a disastrous siege at Khe Sanh, officers scrambled to get their hands on “Hell in a Very Small Place,” Fall’s searing account of the siege at Dien Bien Phu, 14 years earlier, in which the French suffered the decisive loss in their own struggle to control the country.

Bernard Fall: The Man Who Knew the War | Fredrik Logevall

You don't have to read these unless you wish to, but we might touch upon them in conversation

Fall, B. B. (1961). Street without joy: Indochina at war, 1946-54. Harrisburg, Pa: Stackpole. Chapter 10: The Men

things we'll talk about

  • why is loyalty in members a valuable commodity for organizations?
  • what kinds of things would motivate you to be loyal to an organization? what would it have to do to win your loyalty?
  • what do you think about the increase in turnover of IT professionals?
  • does the idea of working at several companies over the course of your career worry you?
  • would you prefer it to working at one company over most of your professional life?
Bernard Fall's Street without joy

We'll do an in class exercise

let's read this together in class
Fall, B., 1961, Street without joy, pp. 291-294

Your groups will report back on what this passage meant to them in terms of the topic of this session.