The phrase "empty vessel" literally means a container with nothing inside.
It has additional significance in various areas.
In literature and other media
In Christianity, the saying may refer to a willing mind ready to receive teaching, or an expectation that God will provide for the poor. The latter refers to the miracle of "the widow's cruse" in the Bible, in the time of Elisha, when a poor woman's vessels were filled with valuable oil from a single small container. (2 Kings 4:1-7)
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Empty vessel or the empty vessel approach is a term describing the negative effects of how one ends up with a worthless outcome when trying to please everyone. The term is more commonly used in psychology and behavior analysis. Worthlessness cannot be measured, but there will be consensus among the participants that the end product does not even come close to the previously desired outcome.
In business, the "empty vessel approach" can be characterized by lack of leadership and unwillingness for the members to take individual responsibility. Larger corporations with many mid-level managers are more easily trapped in this negative spiral where the company essentially becomes a "meeting company", where most of the employee's time is wasted away in meetings instead of actually making products or providing services.
Empty vessel names are names of products, brands, or even companies that have been conjured up so as not to offend anybody. Usually, these names are not in the dictionary, but rather combinations derived from everyday words that allude to their meaning only by their similarity to the root words.
In the 21st century, with the explosive popularity of the World Wide Web, domain names, and trademark disputes, it has become important for companies to derive names that are easier to protect. Empty vessel names provide a unique moniker for products and companies that nobody can dispute. Unfortunately, because of this approach, the name usually does not describe the product or company, and is less recognizable at first instance.
- The Oxford Dictionary of English Proverbs (3rd ed.). OUP. 1970. p. 220.
- "The Mars Volta Discography". Warner Bros Records. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- Empty Vessel Interview With B.K. Frantzis
- E.g. The Empty Vessel, A Journal of Contemporary Taoism.
- E.g. Empty Vessel Ministries
- E.g. Empty Vessel Ministry Foundation
- *"Naming Exposed" from Igor Naming and Branding Agency, 2 April 2003. Retrieved 13 June 2006.