The potter analogy is quite fitting, with Mintzberg making a good case for such in this classic article, but it is one analogy.

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Discussion 1 (250 words)

This poem is often misunderstood because the final few lines are often quoted out of context; the poem’s title is actually focused on the road “not taken” rather than the road “less traveled” (Frost 19). Similarly, the poem’s speaker notes more than once how the mind tries to trick itself into making meaning out of seemingly similar or random events.  Read the attached poem and Write a 250-word response answering the following: 

In the first stanza, the poem’s speaker gazes fixedly at one of the divergent roads, almost studying it. However, at the start of the second stanza, he impulsively “then took the other” (Frost 6). Looking at other parts of the poem, such as the “sigh” in the final stanza, was his decision impulsive? If so, what might a life-choice or decision be that would mirror these metaphoric circumstances?

Discussion 2 (300 words)

In this particular Sound Off, I’d like for you to think deeply on strategy in the context of Mintzberg’s potter analogy, as expressed in the associated assigned article this week. The potter analogy is quite fitting, with Mintzberg making a good case for such in this classic article, but it is one analogy.

Read the attached article (Mintzberg’s Potter Analogy) and write complete 300 word answer addressing the following:

Specifically, identify another analogy that could be used in place of, or in addition to, the potter analogy. This sort of activity is very helpful in honing an understanding of strategy. Be sure to communicate the rationale for your selection and any associated details to help us understand your reasoning.

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