3 Minutes Management Lesson

Thank you to Prof. Dr. Wardah for emailing this piece. I do remember reading it a few times some years back but it’s always good to refresh the laugh.

Lesson One :
An eagle was sitting on 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 .

Management Lesson One:
To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up .

Lesson Two:
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 .

Management Lesson Two:
Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there .


Lesson Three:
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 pil e of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he  was .
The dung was actually thawing him out!  He laid 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 . He promptly dug him out and ate him .

Management Lesson Three:
(a) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy .
(b) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend .
(c) And when you’re in deep shit, it’s best to keep your mouth shut!

This ends the Three Minute Management Course 


Here’s some of my personal thoughts :

  1. Not everyone who looks rich and smart are even half of what we figure them out to be.
  2. The boss is WRONG most of the time but never fails to prove otherwise (apart from behaving like point # 1.)
  3. You have to earn the respect of your staff to be genuinely successful.
  4. Short term gains are long term failures.
  5. Sincerity comes from the heart, not by using others to fulfill your personal needs.
  6. Sabotage & backstabbing might win you deals and promote you higher up the corporate ladder at lightning speed but always be prepared to immediately crash, head first and for all eternity.
  7. A leader must have great ideas and be able to inspire his subordinates, not just live on the sweat and toil of others.

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