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Apr

7 Stories : Important for Professionals

I have jot down 7 Stories for Professionals These Stories has some AWESOME leanings and has the power to educate, connect and inspire us.

1. Taj Mahal

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Once a man was roaming around a construction site & he saw some workers are cutting stones for that building.

He asked from the first Worker – What are you doing?

Worker said – I am cutting some Stones.

Then he moved to another worker & asked the same question,

The second worker replied – I am cutting stones for a very luxurious building.

Then he moved to third worker & asked the same question from him, worker replied – I am putting my efforts in the making of TAJ MAHAL, & this building will be one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

Now the man realized, the stone pieces of the third worker are more beautiful than others, & this worker is more motivated, enthusiastic & passionate about his work.

Now if we analyze – First worker was just doing his work, he was not at all aware of the target/ Goal or result. That’s why his stones were not good in quality. Second worker was aware that his stones should be good because those will be used in a Luxurious building. But the last worker was fully aware of the GOAL (TAJ MAHAL), his Vision was clear – He was aware what type of efforts are required to build TAJ Mahal. That’s the reason he was more motivated & enthusiastic.

Moral / Learning – We all should know our ultimate Vision / Goal and should give emphasis on the Broader aspect. You must try to analyze what company’s ultimate aim / Vision is & how your KRA’s & efforts can add some value in the same. 

2. Sharpen the saw

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Stephen Covey tells the story of a man who was walking through a forest when he came across a frustrated lumberjack.

The lumberjack was trying to cut down a tree with and was swearing and cursing as he laboured in vain.

What’s the problem?”  The man asked.

My saw’s blunt and won’t cut the tree properly.”  The lumberjack responded.

Why don’t you just sharpen it?”

Because then I would have to stop sawing.”  Said the lumberjack.

But if you sharpened your saw, you could cut more efficiently and effectively than before.”

But I don’t have time to stop!” The lumberjack retorted, getting more frustrated.

The man shook his head and kept on walking, leaving the lumberjack to his pointless frustration.

This story is relevant to so many of us isn’t it?

We get frustrated by life and our inability to cope, but instead of developing ourselves and taking the time to become more effective, we keep struggling with a blunt saw.

Don’t do it any more.  Stop, sharpen your saw and become more effective.

Sharpen the Saw is all about renewing yourself with new Skills/Technology etc.

3. Knee Surgeon

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It is a story specially for the “Sales & Marketing “ department, but Yes, we all can learn something Important from this.

Suppose you have pain in your knee & you are visiting to a big knee surgeon. You entered into his room & said you have pain in your knee, The Sugeon said – Ok.. We need to do your “Knee Replacement Surgery” & You are lucky as we have one “offer the day” for you. That is – if you get admitted today itself – we will give you 30% off for this.

Now what will be your reaction? Will you come back to that surgeon? Must be NO.

See the same scenario in Sales – XYZ client is approaching you with a problem, & instead of finding his pain area we are aiming at closing the deal. We used to offer him lucrative offers.. discounts etc. From all these sales tactics you may close that client once, but if you’re not giving him the right solution (ROI) he will never come back to you nor he will refer you to the someone else.

If you want your recurring business – You must understand the Customer’s customer, their Pain areas & then give them the BEST Solution.

4. Blind men and Elephant

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Six blind men were asked to determine what an elephant looked like by feeling different parts of the elephant’s body. The blind man who feels a leg says the elephant is like a pillar; the one who feels the tail says the elephant is like a rope; the one who feels the trunk says the elephant is like a tree branch; the one who feels the ear says the elephant is like a hand fan; the one who feels the belly says the elephant is like a wall; and the one who feels the tusk says the elephant is like a solid pipe.

A king explains to them:

All of you are right. The reason every one of you is telling it differently is because each one of you touched the different part of the elephant. So, actually the elephant has all the features you mentioned

Now try to see the same case – When you encountered a new – object, scenario, place, person, etc. – We used to make decision on the bases of our perceptions. We usually see what we want to See, so before taking any decision on new things- we must try to see that thing from a 360degree, try to analyze from all the prospectives & try to get all the information about that object / thing. So that in last your Decision should be Correct.

5. Assume

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The word Assume comes from the Latin words ass, u and me.

And, according to the ancient scholars “When you assume, you make an ass out of you and me.”

Learning associated with this word is – Never assume, if you’re in a doubt – Ask Questions, find out the reason, & always believe on Facts.

6. Postman

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Postman is a person who delivers your mail. He is picking mail/ parcel from one place & dropping it on your door step. He is only playing role of a carrier.

But as you’re a Professional – Don’t play role of just an Information passer, do some value addition.

7. Four Monkeys Experiment

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The Experiment- Part 1

4 monkeys are locked in a cage, a banana was hung from the ceiling and a ladder was placed right underneath it.
As predicted, immediately, one of the monkeys would race towards the ladder, to grab the banana. However, as soon as he would start to climb, the researcher would spray the monkey with ice-cold water.
When a second monkey tried to climb the ladder, the researcher would, again, spray the monkey with ice-cold water.
This was repeated again and again on each monkey until they learned their lesson.
Now No One Climbs the ladder for the banana.

The Experiment- Part 2

Once the 4 monkeys knew the drill, the researcher replaced one of the monkeys with a new inexperienced one. As predicted, the new monkey spots the banana, and goes for the ladder. BUT, the other 3 monkeys, knowing the drill, jumped on the new monkey and pulled him down. The new guy thus Learns- NO going for the ladder and No Banana Period- without even knowing why! And also without ever being sprayed with water!
Now researcher replaces one more old monkey with the new and same happened again.
By the end of the experiment, none of the original monkeys were left and yet, despite none of them ever experiencing the cold, wet, spray, they had all learned never to try and go for the bananas.

You may face the same scenario at your workplace – You may have Innovative ideas, suggestions, etc. and whenever you want to reach the Management / or the concerned person to discuss / implement the same few old MONKEYS will STOP you. And after 2 – 3 try you will also be an OLD MONKEY.

Now the learning is – Don’t be a MONKEY, you’re a HUMAN…!

About me
Creative-Enthusiastic-Positive and People oriented HR Professional. My 10 years in HR as an assistant, then generalist, and now manager, have allowed me to grow and develop professionally and as a leader. Currently I am working as a Sr. Human Resource Consultant with few Start-ups. I am helping them Strategically in building best HR Practices. I have experience in below areas of Human Resource – Talent Acquisition (Recruitment & Selection), HR Policies & Procedures, Talent Management (HR Generalist), Performance Management System and Training & Development.
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