The word "noble" comes from the Roman Republic. The root "nobilis" means know-able (gno + ibilis). It referred to a class of leaders - half of whom were from the patrician families and half from the plebeian families - who had been apprenticed by rising through a standard path of military and administrative roles. Thousands of leaders of known quality were created using this system. In the 250 year period that Rome grew from a city-state to a Mediterranean empire, over ~400 men took a turn in the highest office, the consul (i.e. chief executive), and then surrendered it peacefully.
But it didn't start that way. For the 170 years, Rome was consumed by civil strife between patricians and plebeians, and did not grow at all. Rome only began to grow once they put in place paired leadership between patricians and plebeians in the chief executive office - the two consuls - to overcome distrust and in-fighting.
So.....I've been exploring two concepts related to Rome:
1. Pairs of helmets. The version of the helmets that I have looks too much like an MSU Spartan or USC Trojan symbol (see attachment).
2. An eagle and a lion. The eagle is king of the sky (strategy). The lion is king of the ground (execution). I don't have an example of this.
And then there are two concepts that are not tied to Rome, but still were intriguing to me:
3. Two strands of DNA.
+ Leadership determines org DNA
+ Paired leaders = paired strands within DNA, and serves same purpose (preventing errors, allowing reproduction)
+ Vertical ladder of DNA = developmental / career ladder
+ Horizontal arching DNA = arch / bridge of Rome
+ Horizontal DNA zipping up, showing the transition from single to paired
4. Two hands clasping, like you would to pull someone up off the ground.
+ Simple, intuitive symbol of partnership, but stronger and less cliche than the handshake