From promotions to betrayal to friendship, what are the biggest lessons you have learnt during your career in the corporate world? Or, if you are new to working in corporate, what will your expectations be? Originally appeared in 1999 by The Guardian, these three fables, wrapped in digestible yet valuable corporate moral stories, might give you a glance of how corporate life truly is.
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.
Lesson to take from the crow and rabbit story is that to be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up. This indicates that unless you are in the top tier of your corporate ladder, you should always be aware of possibilities that might happen.
This is a story of a turkey and a bull. One day, Turkey had a dream of sitting on top of a tree but it could not reach on top of it. Turkey said to the bull, “I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree, but I haven’t got the energy.”
The bull replied, “Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings? They are packed with nutrients.”
Upon hearing what the bull said, Turkey thought and started pecking at a lump of dung and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree he wanted to be on. The next day, after eating more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fortnight, he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was spotted by a farmer who promptly shot the turkey out of the tree.
What to learn is that bullshit might get you to the top but it will not keep you there. You have to rely on your own strength to get what you desire.
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A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold as the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. While it was lying there because it could not move, a cow came by and dropped some dung on it.
As the frozen bird laid there in the pile of cow dung, it began to realise how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out of freezing ice. He laid there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.
As the bird was enjoying his stay in the warm dung, 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. The bird tragically died.
The lessons to take here include:
You might or might not relate to the stories above but all too often, we learn the biggest and most important lessons the hard way. Other than believing in yourself and do not trust others too much, Professional leader Neil Murray shared corporate lessons based on his experiences below:
Are there any other interesting corporate lessons you have heard that haven’t been covered here yet? If you have your own stories and would like to share it with us, don’t hesitate to write to us. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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