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In case you missed it, one of the outcomes of the Uber fiasco - in addition to an indefinite leave for the CEO, departure of a board member for an inappropriate comment during an all-hands meeting among other things - was that the company will be renaming it's primary conference/board room from "The War Room" to "The Peace Room".  More from Bloomberg:

Uber is trying to turn a new chapter in its history, and is renaming its "War Room" the "Peace Room," according to Bloomberg. Uber

On Tuesday, Uber released a 13-page report it had commissioned from Eric Holder, the former US attorney general, and his firm, which sought to evaluate and make recommendations for changes to Uber's corporate culture.

"Several of Uber’s planned changes are symbolic," Bloomberg's Eric Newcomer wrote. "For example, a conference room known as the War Room will be renamed the Peace Room."

Uber will also jettison many of its "cultural values." Here are a few that are getting the ax: “Let Builders Build; Always Be Hustlin’; Meritocracy and Toe-Stepping; and Principled Confrontation.”

Where at we meeting at Kinetix today?  THE WAR ROOM.  Should we change thatname?  Here's some thoughts from the a company where the halls are orange and the majority owner is a woman:

--If I'm apologetic to anyone from our primary conference room being named the War Room, it's not the folks who expect political correctness, it's veterans who have participated in armed conflict.  Business isn't war.  If a hat tip is necessary to anyone, it's vets.

--Our culture is pretty far from Uber.  I'm not sure renaming the room is necessary for us.

--We've named all of our offices, and most of them are pop culture movie and music references.  So the rest of the names are pretty soft.

--We don't have the values that Uber had, but our values are pretty action-oriented.  War room fits the action orientation.

--My CEO would fire me if I changed the name of The War Room to The Peace Room.  Too much.  I'd fire me too.

I get why Uber is doing all of these visible things.  They need to overcorrect.  The rest of us don't.  "Always Be Hustlin'" as a value?  Tells you all you need to know.

Alternatives if you need to change the name of "The War Room" to something else:

--The Conflict Room (lame)

--Politically Incorrect (descriptive, but presents liability)

--Mosh Pit (rock is dead, won't work..)

--Hunger Games (probably true and pop culture reference fits)

--Let's Get It On 

Scratch that last one, that was from Uber's list right before they named it The War Room....

Hit me with your best option in the comments to rename "The War Room".... If you say "Conference Room 1", I'll slap you.

Comments

MattL

How about Thunderdome?

I love "Principled Confrontation" as a value.

Karen H.

I love music references, so here are mine:

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
Fight For Your Right (To Party)
Hangin' Tough (sorry, I still love New Kids on the Block)

Disgruntled Mime

"Storage B"
or the equally worthy "Meeting with the Bobs"
and of course, you'll need a "Jump to Conclusions Mat" at the entrance

PeteEiden

Was "2nd Floor - Large" already taken? You go with "Broderick". You know it's a War Games reference but you tell everyone it's a Ferris Bueller reference as part of your progressive wellness strategy of acknowledging crusaders in work (or school) life balance.

AbbieKingston

I like "The Colosseum" or "Sparta." But I'm also a huge history dork!

Gary Dumais

In the very least, this brings attention to the importance of corporate culture...and how it's easier to establish a good corporate culture from the start than to modify a bad one later. And when seeking to modify a corporate culture, I think the focus should be more on how people relate to each other than what conferences rooms are called.

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