Tale of “O” is narrated by its originator, Dr. Rosabeth Moss Kanter of Harvard Business School. A Tale of “O” explores the consequences of being different. It focuses on a group of people in which some are “the many”, who are referred to as the X’s, and some are ”the few,” the O’s. Look at the factors that create O’s and X’s in groups and the impact. The animated A Tale of “O” clarifies and explores the personal and societal dynamics of being different. Hence being an O among X’s.
The video illustrates dramatically how this alone powerfully affects both the X’s treatment of an O and the O’s view of itself, regardless of the nature of the difference. Whether the O differs from the X’s by gender, race, age, language, age or other factors, the effects are similar. This disparity in treatment of O’s, especially when the difference is highly visible or socially important, is often taken as a sign of bias or deliberate discrimination. A Tale of “O” shows to the contrary that much of this different treatment is largely a consequence of the situation.
It is not necessary to blame anyone, unlike many other approaches, which may punish and blame people quite unfairly. A Tale of “O” helps everyone identify with O’s since everyone has been an O at one time or another. Moreover, the video suggests whole new avenues to systemic solutions. The purpose of this video is to integrate all individuals into a team by promoting collective understanding. It demonstrates how to integrate non-traditional employees into a team at the same time as avoiding sensitive issues in a non-threatening way. This approach helps promote understanding and personal effectiveness.