To: All Company Employee
Subject: Management Parables
Parable Number 1:
A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A small rabbit saw the crow, and
asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?" The crow
answered: "Sure, why not." So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and
rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.
Parable Number 2:
A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that
sighed the turkey, "but I haven't got the energy." "Well, why don't you
nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull. "They're packed with
nutrients." The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him
enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some
more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, there he was
proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was promptly spotted by a farmer,
who shot the turkey out of the tree.
Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.
Parable Number 3:
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold, the bird froze and fell to
the ground in a large field. While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung
on it. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, it began to realize how warm
it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon
began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.
Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly
dug him out and ate him!
1) Not everyone who drops shit on you is your enemy.
2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
3) And when you're in deep shit, keep your mouth shut!
Parable Number 4:
The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along, some people
remarked "it was a shame the old man was walking and the boy was riding". The
man and boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions. Later, they
passed some people that remarked, "What a shame, he makes that little boy walk."
They decided they both would walk! Soon they passed some more people who thought they were
stupid to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride. So they both rode the donkey! Now
they passed some people that shamed them saying "how awful to put such a load on a
poor donkey". The boy and man said they were probably right so they decided to carry
the donkey. As they crossed a bridge, they lost their grip on the donkey and it fell into
the river and drowned.
If you try to please everyone, you will eventually lose your ass.