What is the Emperor Wearing?
Once upon a time, an emperor who loved clothes was
approached by two con men who made him an offer he
couldn't refuse. They promised to weave him a special
cloth that would be invisible to anyone that is stupid or
unworthy of their position. As the work proceeded, the
emperor sent high-ranking officials to inspect the cloth.
While these officials saw only air where the cloth was
supposedly being made, they reported that the work was
proceeding well for fear of being considered stupid or
unworthy of their rank. Finally the emperor and his
entourage came to inspect the cloth. None could see it,
but all, also fearing to be known as stupid, proclaimed
its magnificence. The con men pretended to cut and sew
while everyone supported the deception. When the emperor
wore clothes made from the "fabric," the crowd likewise
pretended to see clothes. A small child, viewing the
naked emperor, announced to all that could hear: "the
emperor has no clothes!"
This book provides valuable stories similar to the one
told above. These are stories of ordinary individuals in
the workplace who are striving to steer a course between
deception and damaging confrontation by developing
By: Regine P. Azurin and Yvette Pantilla
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