3 top posts of 2010: Three Parables for Management Training


The Eagle and the Rabbit

An eagle was sitting in a tree resting, doing nothing….. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, ‘Can I also sit like you and do nothing?’  The eagle answered: ‘Sure, why not.’ So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it. 


Moral of the story:  To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.


The Turkey and the Bull

A turkey was chatting with a bull. ‘I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree’ 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 it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree. He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

Moral of the story:  Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there. 

The Frozen Bird 

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.  As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he 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 quickly dug him out and ate him.

Morals of the story:  (1) Not everyone who shits 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, it’s best to keep your mouth shut.


(ed. – This is a repost, picked as one of our favourite three posts of 2010, taken from earlier articles in this By George Journal. Within these pages there are hundreds of jokes and office humour posts that can spice up your presentations and bring some levity to your workplace. The original post is here: https://www.bygeorgejournal.ca/?p=621  


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