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Management Lesson – Episode 1

17 April 2010 No Comment

donkeyIn a village, a rich landlord owned an ass (a donkey). He used it for carrying articles from his house to the farm or from the market to his house whenever he had goods to be carried. It was an old ass though. Generally nobody likes an old ass, and the same was the case with this rich landlord in the village. He wanted a young ass (a donkey) and he was not happy with this old ass.

The ass was on its way to eat something, when it fell into a well. The well was deep and the ass did not know the way to get out of the well. It starter braying. However the villagers and the landlord did not respond as nobody wanted an old ass. The more it brayed, the more it was ignored. The villagers were getting upset with all the braying and decided to bury and cover the ass. They began shoveling mud into the well. Even as the ass brayed, the villagers continued to pour more mud. After some time the ass observed that after every shovel of mud, it could climb up a little. It continued doing that. The villagers and the landlord thought that they were burying the ass, but actually it was coming up.

Finally when the ass came out of the well, everybody was surprised. The landlord was not only surprised but also deeply impressed. He fell in love with his ass. He decided to keep the ass as he now thought that it was an intelligent ass. As he went near the ass to caress it, the ass turned around and gave him a big kick.

Moral of the story: Do not cover your ass, it can come back to kick you.

As heard while attending a talk on leadership held at Mumbai Stock Exchange. The talk was given by Sadhguru, founder of Isha Foundation.

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