In the early Western Han Dynasty, being an official required poor Eloquence: stuttering was the most authoritative person in the court

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Suppose you were in the early Western Han Dynasty and wanted to find a career in the imperial court, so fill in your resume and engrave it with a knife in the column of expertise: “I participated in the college debate competition and was rated as the best debater, eloquent and eloquent…”

If you write like this, your job will probably fail. You should write: “I’m not good at words. I just stammer and blush when I speak.” In classical Chinese, it is: “mouth can’t speak, period, no literature, only respectful.” In this way, the possibility of finding a job is much greater.

In the early Western Han Dynasty, the workplace was austere. Literature was not popular. One was to learn the lessons of the death of Qin Dynasty, and the other was related to Liu Bang’s personality. He didn’t like fancy and wordy. He admitted that he was very happy when books were banned in the Qin Dynasty.


Zoo Hushan administrator was rejected for promotion by eloquence

In the early years of the Western Han Dynasty, the country was governed by Huang Lao thought, emphasizing quality and neglecting literature. Although great debaters like Su Qin, Zhang Yi and Li Shiqi, who mixed their careers by mouth, had not stopped cooking, they had been marginalized, and went to local places to find a job at most.

And Lao Tzu, the highest classic of Taoism, advocates: “faithfulness, beauty, faithfulness; the good do not argue, and the debater is not good?” Truth is not pleasant to hear, but pleasant to hear is not true; Good people don’t argue, no good people argue. Under this general principle, articulate people seem to be less popular. Here is an example.

In the Qin and Han Dynasties, there was a royal garden called Shanglin garden. There is a super large wildlife park in Shanglin garden. According to the book of Han Dynasty, “there are hundreds of animals in the garden, and the son of heaven shoots and hunts in the garden in the spring and autumn, and takes countless animals.”

One year, Emperor Wen of the Han Dynasty came to Shanglinyuan wildlife park to inspect work. His old man specially came to the tiger pen, which is probably equivalent to the tiger mountain in the zoo today. While appreciating the tiger, he asked captain Lin, an official of Shanglinyuan, about the zoo. Who knows captain Lin is a fool. The emperor asked him more than ten times, but he couldn’t answer it once. He was so nervous that he looked around. “When he asked more than ten questions, the captain looked left and right, and couldn’t be right at all.”.

At this critical moment, Captain Lin’s men and the person in charge of the tiger circle, Shifu, felt that the opportunity of performance came, and immediately came together to answer questions instead of the superior. He answered all the questions very clearly. No matter what questions the emperor asked, he could answer them cleanly, as if he would never be defeated. “The mouth responded endlessly.”.

Emperor Wen of the Han Dynasty was deeply touched by this grassroots inspection and said, “it should be like this for managers. Captain Lin’s work is too incompetent.” So it was decided to promote the administrator of the tiger ring to the manager of the whole Shanglinyuan.

However, the boss’s appreciation is not equal to promotion. Because behind the boss, there is a corporate culture, which is sometimes more powerful than the boss. When the boss, Emperor Wendi of Han Dynasty, forgot the value orientation of valuing quality over literature of the Western Han company, naturally someone from the management came out to stop it. This person was minister Zhang Shizhi. Before the promotion of the tiger ring administrator entered the personnel procedure, Zhang Shizhi stood up and asked: what style of people are our founding heroes Zhou Bo and Prime Minister Zhang Cang? Emperor Wen of the Han Dynasty said without thinking, “good Taoist.” Zhang Shizhi followed the suit and said: Master Zhou and master Zhang are the backbone of our big man, but they almost stuttered and couldn’t say a word for a long time. “These two people once couldn’t say anything.”. If you follow the emperor’s employment standards today, wouldn’t Zhou Bo and Zhang Cang, two important ministers of the country, learn from the glib words of the tiger ring administrator?

Zhang Shizhi’s implication is to remind Emperor Wen of the Han Dynasty not to forget our company culture. Next, he raised the matter to the level of life and death, and Zhang Shizhi threatened: don’t forget how Qin ended, because he attached too much importance to those fancy official documents and debates, let those eloquent officials play with words, and drown the essence of justice and management in a lot of saliva and words. Seeing you do this today, do you want to follow the old path of Qin company?

It has risen to the point of subjugation. Can Emperor Wen of Han Dynasty not be afraid? As a result, the tiger ring administrator who managed to perform well missed the opportunity of promotion, and became a negative case in management.

Zhang Shizhi said that Zhou Bo and Zhang Cang stuttered, and they couldn’t even say a thing clearly. Did they really stutter and get along well in the workplace in the early Han Dynasty? have

Wonderful flower of the times

The most authoritative person in the Western Han Dynasty was a stammer

It’s also wrong to say that Liu Bang likes to employ people who are not good at words. Zhang Liang, Chen Ping and Li Shiqi can say that Li Shiqi has the best eloquence, but the worst end of eloquence is to be thrown into a boiling pot and cooked alive. At this time and then, in the process of destroying Qin and Chu, people who can speak eloquently need to bewitch the enemy and win over allies. When the Western Han Dynasty was settled, the market demand for wagging lips and tongues was small. Liu Bang’s style is like people who speak a little rough, but can tell the truth.

Zhou Chang is such a wonderful flower. This boy is really stuttering, but he speaks wryly but is not wryly. Shi Ji says that he is “strong” and stubborn. Once, when Lao Zhou went to report to Liu Bang for work, he ran into Liu Bang who was making out with Qi Meimei and broke the boss’s good deed. Lao Zhou turned around and left. Liu Bang caught up with him and asked: Lao Zhou, what kind of boss do you think I am? Look at what boss Liu means, for fear that Lao Zhou will criticize him for being lecherous.

Zhou Chang did not cover for the boss, raised his head, looked up at boss Liu and said, “you, you, that is, Zhou, Zhou, King Zhou…” made Liu Bang laugh. However, Liu Bang was afraid and respected this week and stammered.

When Zhou Chang’s stuttering was the most serious, he was also the most effective. Liu Bang wanted to make his concubine Liu Ruyi the crown prince. Everyone opposed it, but his words didn’t carry much weight. Finally, he asked Zhou Chang to stammer to turn things around. Look at this old Zhou stammered: “Chen no, no, can’t speak, but Chen knows, knows, knows this, this, this, this, this, this, no, no, Chen absolutely, right, can’t, can, serve, obey…” the author felt laborious when writing, I really don’t know how laborious Zhou Chang, who was more than 2000 years ago, sounded to the people in the court. Or Sima Qian’s teacher’s handwriting is good: “I can’t speak, but I know it’s impossible; although your majesty wants to abolish the crown prince, I won’t be called.” In Zhou Chang’s “period” sound, in the laughter of kings and ministers, what rises is a tribute. At that time, everyone was most afraid of this stutter. From empress Lu to the minister, they were afraid of him. “Empress Lu, the crown prince and all the ministers have always respected and feared him.”.

The most authoritative person is a stammer, which shows what the corporate culture of the Western Han Dynasty was like. The tiger circle manager can’t be promoted and is not wronged.

Those who stammer can eat, and those who bow their heads and don’t speak can also eat. There is such a wonderful flower, called Shi Fen, who has followed Liu Bang for a long time. This person can’t write or fight, and is simply responsible for simplicity, “no literature, no politeness and no comparison”. There is no written and oral Kung Fu, but the respectful and cautious Kung Fu is really not covered. Whether at work or at home, you are respectful, and every detail can stand the test. Brother Shi Fen’s career positioning is really quite accurate. In the early Western Han Dynasty, he advocated simplicity and did not like flashiness. He simply became the spokesperson of this atmosphere. Of course, the Western Han Dynasty court would pay him a spokesperson fee, which is: the annual salary of Shi Fen’s father and son adds up to 10000 Shi GuZi, so the world is called “10000 Shi Jun”.


Emperor Qinshihuang burned books, and Liu Bang was incredibly happy for a while

This social atmosphere and employment style in the early Western Han Dynasty was first learned from the death of the Qin Dynasty. Qin attached importance to the rule of law and paid attention to assessment, but the improper operation led to the opposite. Zhuang Zi said, “if you lack strength, you will be false.” The above requirements were too harsh, and the lower level was unable to cope with them. They simply resorted to fraud and fooled the Qin Dynasty with a lot of beautiful documents. The Qin Dynasty later died in fraud.

Secondly, it is also related to Liu Bang’s personal style. Zhang Jie poem in the Tang Dynasty said, “Liu Xiang didn’t read.” Liu Bang is a non reader. When the Qin Dynasty ordered to ban reading poetry and books of various schools, he was actually very happy. He admitted in the prince’s hand: “when the Qin Dynasty banned learning, self joy, that is, reading is useless.” Liu Bang did not agree with the measures of the Qin Dynasty, but that he was too lazy to read. The court burned the book, which just gave him a reason not to read.

Learning from the lessons of the Qin Dynasty, Liu Bang himself did not like “Literature”. Therefore, the social atmosphere in the early Western Han Dynasty advocated simplicity and honesty, and did not emphasize literature and eloquence.

Of course, the times are also developing. When Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty came out, new businesses flourished. Eloquent people such as Zhang Qian, Sima Xiangru, zhufuyan and sang Hongyang took to the forefront of history. Workplace models such as “Wan Shijun” seemed annoying, so they had to quit the stage of history.

History is changing, and the requirements of the workplace are also changing. How to play a role that meets the requirements of the times is a matter of stress.

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