May 5, 2008

And the Moral of the Story Is……..

By Paul Bieber

Sometimes we all get so busy we can’t make time to learn, to teach, and to smile. Here are two stories that might just remind you to take a moment to appraise a situation, and to remember those that have been there may be helpful to your glass business. This first story was sent to me by Heather Davis, a co-worker from the old Floral Glass. She knew it was fun, and brought forth a good lesson for all of us in business.

“One day I decided to go on a picture-taking safari in Africa, taking my faithful old golden retriever ‘Ghost’ along for company. One day Ghost started chasing rabbits, and before long discovers he is lost. Wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction, with the obvious intention of having lunch.

Old Ghost thinks, “Oh, oh! I’m in deep doo-doo now!” Seeing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones, with his back to the approaching big cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap, old Ghosty exclaims loudly, “Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder if there are any more around here….”

Hearing this, the leopard halts his attack in mid-stride. A look of terror comes over him and slinks away into the trees. “Whew, that was close!” says the leopard. “That old dog nearly had me!”

Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So, off he goes, but Ghost sees him heading after the leopard, and figures that something must be up.

The monkey catches up with the leopard, spills the beans, and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard. The leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, “Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine!”

Now, Ghost sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back, but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn’t yet seen them. Just when they get close enough to hear, Ghost yells out: “WHERE’S THAT DAMN MONKEY? I SENT HIM OFF AN HOUR AGO TO BRING ME ANOTHER LEOPARD!!!

The moral of the story–of course–Wisdom and skills will overcome poor planning and treachery.

Second Act—

In 1930 there were two shoe manufacturers in New York City. One was old and well established, but here ‘established’ could be considered stuck in a leathery rut. The other company was on the lookout for new business and trained its employees to be creative.

Both companies sent a salesman to South America, because they heard there was a large population that could buy shoes. A week later the first salesman sent a telegram, “Coming home tomorrow…thirty million people here, none wear shoes, no market for us.” The second salesman sent this note “Thirty million people here, none wear shoes…I’m staying here to sell each one of them a pair of shoes!”

Which one do you want working for you…Which type of company are you?

The moral of the story, again…Work smart and hard, you’ll get ahead.