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What is Cereberus? KEREBEROS (or Cerberus) is a greek mythological three headed creature or dog that was tied up by a greek hero called Heracles and which guarded the gates of the underworld. It was said to be found in Greece and Italy.

As their marriage progressed, Deianira eventually became jealous of a young maiden whom she thought had captured Hercules interest. … Hercules was in so much agony after he took the potion that he wished he were dead. Hercules eventually died and after he did, his mortal portion perished.

Despite the odds, Hercules did not waver in his belief that he would prevail in his encounter with Cerberus. He prepared well, and anticipated his own victory by planning the return from hell across the river Styx. Hercules promised Hades, the God of the Underworld, that he would not harm Cerberus. By this agreement, Hercules was permitted to carry out his mission and bring the three-headed dog from hell back to the middle world.

The present, however, can be a place of dangerous velocity, inefficiency, and overwhelm. Too many people and organizations chase their tails rather than focus on strategic action. Putting out fires and avoiding the snake pit can take up so much of our time that there is little left for real work. As well, we can spend so much time reporting on past activities that we have fail to get on with the present and future. Think RIM, Sears, and pre-bankruptcy Detroit automakers.

Individuals and organizations that use the past as a source of received wisdom can also escape hell. They revel in the memories, examples and stories of past success. As well, they gather wisdom from past exemplars of courage, enterprise and inspiration. Stories of triumphs and victories over difficult circumstances are instructive to present and future endeavors. So, too are the memories of those heroes who paved the way for us. Companies like Boeing, Walt Disney and Apple have rich histories that are remembered and celebrated. Toyota, Hewlett-Packard and Saab are also deeply connected to past accomplishments.

The past can also be a trap. When we become overly tradition-bound or tied to “the way we do things around here” enterprises become anachronistic. Being stuck in old ways of thinking and doing things prevent renewal. Decay sets in. We become mired in the past and lose the ability to be innovative and progressive. This is true of individuals, teams, companies, and countries. Think of Kodak, Nortel and HMV. Even great civilizations, like the Greeks and Romans, fall when the paradigm changes. Despite the illusion of permanence, shift happens.

It is important to recognize that Cerberus was not defeated by lethal force. He was defeated with a firm hand. When we use the harsh critic to beat ourselves down we are diminished. We are defeated well before the encounter with Cerberus. The confidence and resiliency to meet the challenge has been lost to negative self-talk.

Seneca, Oedipus 559 ff : “[The Theban seer Teiresias (Tiresias) performs the rites of necromancy :] Then he summons the spirits of the dead, and thee who rulest the spirits [Haides], and him [Kerberos (Cerberus)] who blocks the entrance to the Lethaean stream; oer and oer and oer he repeats a magic rune, and fiercely, with frenzied lips, he chants a charm which either appeases or compels the flitting ghosts . . . the whole place was shaken and the ground was stricken from below . . . blind Chaos is burst open, and for the tribes of Dis [Haides] a way is given to the upper world . . . in mad rage three-headed Cerberus shook his heavy chains.”

Homer, Odyssey 11. 623 ff (trans. Shewring) (Greek epic C8th B.C.) : “[The ghost of Herakles addresses Odysseus in Hades :] ‘He [Eurystheus] once sent me even here [to Haides] to fetch away the hound of Haides, for he thought no task could be more fearsome for me than that. But I brought the hound out of Haides house and up to earth, because Hermes helped me on my way, and gleaming-eyed Athene.’”

Propertius, Elegies 3. 18 : “Hither [to Haides] all shall come, hither the highest and the lowest class: evil it is, but it is a path that all must tread; all must assuage the three heads of the barking guard-dog [Kerberos (Cerberus)] and embark on the grisly greybeards [Kharons (Charons)] boat that no one misses.”

Ovid, Heroides 9. 37 ff (trans. Showerman) (Roman poetry C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) : “[Deianeira, wife of Herakles, laments :] ‘My lord is ever absent from me . . . ever pursuing monsters and dreadful beasts. I myself, at home and widowed, am busied with chaste prayers, in torment lest my husband fall by the savage foe; with serpents and with boars and ravening lions my imaginings are full, and with hounds three-throated [i.e. Kerberos (Cerberus)] hard upon the prey.’”

Strabo, Geography 8. 5. 1 (trans. Jones) (Greek geographer C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) : “A headland that projects into the sea, Tainaron (Taenarum), with its temple of Poseidon situated in a grove; and secondly, near by, to the cavern through which, according to the myth writers, Kerberos (Cerberus) was brought up from Haides by Herakles.” Heracles, Hermes and Cerberus, Athenian red-figure kylix C6th B.C.,

A dog with three heads in the earthquake in Turkey

Apollodorus’ Cerberus has three dog-heads, a serpent for a tail, and the heads of many snakes on his back. According to Apollodorus, Heracles’ twelfth and final labor was to bring back Cerberus from Hades.