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The Parable of the Donkey and the Dog

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 one’s own”

Now take a New look at the same story…

The washer man was a well educated man from a premier management
institute in Western India. 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 environmental scanning, 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 it
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 just about 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.

Outcome : The Donkey now is looking for a NEW JOB … :

Disclaimer: All characters in the story are not at all imaginary. Any
resemblance to person living or dying of work is purely intentional.You may find your own reflection…hahaheee….



Work-in-progress, seeker and bundle of contradictions. Stubborn and Refusal to grow up and constantly in search of myself, I blurt it out on my space. Drop in and share some love. Indian by choice.

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