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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Donkey And The Dog

[I got this via email from a friend]

This is an interesting story. Read on.

There was once a washer man who had a donkey and a dog. One night when the whole world was sleeping, a thief broke into the house, the washer man was fast asleep too but the donkey and the dog were awake. The dog decided not to bark since the master did not take good care of him and wanted to teach him a lesson.

The donkey got worried and told the dog that if he didn't bark, the donkey would have to do something himself. The dog did not change his mind and the donkey started braying loudly.

Hearing the donkey bray, the thief ran away, the master woke up and started beating the donkey for braying in the middle of the night for no reason.

Moral of the story "One must not engage in duties other than his own".

OK, now take a new look at the same story...

The washer man was a well educated man from a premier management institute. He had the fund as of looking at the bigger picture and thinking out of the box. He was convinced that there must be some reason for the donkey to bray in the night.

He walked outside a little and did some fact finding, applied a bottom up approach, figured out from the ground realities that there was a thief who broke in and the donkey only wanted to alert him about it. Looking at the donkey's extra initiative and going beyond the call of the duty, he rewarded him with lot of hay and other perks and became his favourite pet.

The dog's life didn't change much, except that now the donkey was more motivated in doing the dog's duties as well. In the annual appraisal the dog managed an "ME" (Met Expectations) grading.

Soon the dog realized that the donkey was taking care of his duties and he could enjoy his life sleeping and lazing around.

The donkey was rated as "Star Performer". The donkey had to live up to his already high performance standards. Soon he was over burdened with work and always under pressure and now is looking for a NEW JOB.

So, which one are you like?

Like the donkey, or like the dog?


Yimster said...

Errmm I just wanna be the cat then :)

..::EnAikAY::.. said...

The cat?
Oh sorry.. the cat has been fired long long long time ago..

amsyah said...

i dunno, but you sure are a donkey kehkehkeh

ian yusof said...

I'm definitely a dog in my engineering dept ... an underdog is more like it ... :)

ShahM said...

Last year was my last donkey day..but this year i am a dog..
Hwver, April is our apraisal month..soo, do i need to bark louder now?..hehe

Anonymous said...

i rather be a hammer than a nail...yes would, if i only could i surely art n simon...