Dog and Donkey Story: Management Lesson

Posted: July 25, 2010 in General

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 said to the dog that if he doesn't bark,
the donkey will 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"

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 fundas 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
favorite 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 "ME" (Met Expectations) .

Soon the dog realized that the donkey is taking care of his duties and
he can 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…

(source: I read this story in  Vijay Karnataka news paper today.)

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