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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Centocor: Let Thy Employees Speak!

Melissa Katz and Michael Parks of Centocor are getting a lot of feedback about their new corporate blog, CNTO411.

And they have responded -- somewhat -- to my suggestion that they allow Centocor's employees to have a voice on the blog (see "Employee Blogging and Other Comments worth Responding to...").

I'm happy that my comments have made the grade and this post is designed to press the issue further.

So, with apologies to an African American spiritual and the Old Testament of the Bible, specifically Exodus 8:1, I offer this:

"And the Blogosphere spake unto Katz and Parks, go unto Centocor's President, and say unto him, thus saith the Blogosphere, Let our employees speak, that they may serve you."


When Employees were in Pharma's hand
Let your employees speak
Oppressed so hard they could not stand
Let your employees speak

Go down, Katz and Parks, way down in Centocor's land
Tell the new President, Let our employees speak.

Thus saith the Blogosphere, bold Katz and Parks said,
Let our employees speak,
If not, CNTO411 shall be smite dead,
Let our employees speak.

Go down, Katz and Parks, way down in Centocor's land
Tell the new President, Let our employees speak.

No more shall they in silence worry,
Let the employees speak,
Let them come out with Pharma's story,
Let the employees speak.

Go down, Katz and Parks, way down in Centocor's land
Tell the new President, Let our employees speak.

The Blogosphere told Katz and Parks what to do,
Let your employees speak,
To lead the evangelism through,
Let your employees speak.

Go down, Katz and Parks, way down in Centocor's land
Tell the new President, Let our employees speak.

O come along Katz and Parks, you'll not get lost,
Let your employees speak,
Stretch out your keyboard and come across,
Let your employees speak.

Go down, Katz and Parks, way down in Centocor's land
Tell the new President, Let our employees speak.

CNTO411 shall stand up like a wall,
Let your employees speak,
And the walls of corporate culture and FDA regulations shall fall,
Let your employees speak.

Go down, Katz and Parks, way down in Centocor's land
Tell the new President, Let our employees speak.

Your competitors shall not before you stand,
Let your employees speak,
And you'll possess the best PR in the land,
Let your employees speak.

Go down, Katz and Parks, way down in Centocor's land
Tell the new President, Let our employees speak.

O let us all from corporate bondage flee,
Let your employees speak,
And let us all be free,
Let your employees speak.

Go down, Katz and Parks, way down in Centocor's land
Tell the new President, Let our employees speak.

We need not always weep and mourn,
Let your employees speak,
And wear these corporate chains forlorn,
Let your employees speak.

Go down, Katz and Parks, way down in Centocor's land
Tell the new President, Let our employees speak.

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