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A Knight at the Crossroads
“A Knight at the Crossroad” is an ideal visual metaphor for the challenges facing so many leaders today in all elements of life, and particularly the commercial world. This famous Russian painting by Viktor Vasnetsov was created at that historic fork in the road the people of Russia were facing in the latter nineteenth century. The whole world was facing change then. It was the beginning of the mechanical age with its automobiles, airplanes and oil. It also was the end of empires and this most painful change resulted later in two world wars and several other tragic regional wars. Now, the digital age is facing us all and the leadership must lead afresh. It is a new story.
The whole issue can be looked at as an opportunity, not a dilemma. How to meet and succeed in the new world requires a step back and a consideration of the widening horizon of potential. That outlines what we at Crossroads are all about.
This great painting hangs in the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg and is the last version of this story, painted in 1882. There are two earlier versions by Vasnetsov in other museums.
From → Crossroads Blog