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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The story of Ant - Retold in Corporate World

A story in the Corporate World in the form of a Fable which illustrates a moral lesson. Obvious that the characters are not real and no inference to be drawn to any real life situations, which would only be purely coincidental.


 In the famed jungle, there lived a small ant which habitually got up early and started work immediately
 Being very sincere and having no other diversions, she kept producing a lot and was happy with whatever was available and provided for.
 The Chief, the Lion was too surprised to see somebody performing so well without any supervision
 He shared this news with Tiger, Wolf and other Board members happily stating that things are going on so well
 The Wolf intervened and said that a continuity plan was essential and suggested that there be a supervisor – not a high cost resource
 They recruited a cockroach, who had experience as supervise and was famous for writing excellent reports
 The first day at work – cockroach introduces attendance system to regulate the working hours
 He needs a Secretary for preparing the reports and reports a Spider
 The trendy dressed spider manages archives, monitors phone calls and makes reports in XL and in graphs
 The Managing Committee of Lion & Others are delighted seeing the cockroach’s reports
 This time, another member stresses the need for analysis of the reports so that PPT presentation can be made in the Board meeting
 They buy a new computer and laser printer
 A fly is recruited to work on the Computer
 A Butterfly is roped in to manage the IT Department
 There are meetings and more meetings and Ant starts feeling the pressure
 The reports depict fall in production and everyone comes up with a new working plan
 The need for somebody to manage is understood and the position goes to Cicada
 The newly appointed Manager buys a carpet, an ergonomic chair, makes the office presentable
 He brings a person who had earlier worked with him to rationalize, prepare budge and make Strategic Optimisation plans
 The need for market strategy and advertisement is also figured
 The workplace becomes too serious and the charm and entertainment in air vanishes
 The profits are vanishing; enraged the Management engages a top notch firm for evaluation.
 The Owl studies the Office for months and reveals that the place is over staffed.

Management gets tough and takes punitive action to remedy the situation
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- somebody who showed lack of motivation and has a negative attitude towards work is fired
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--- Yes – it is the ANT – which gets fired………

Moral : You should always understand who you are and where you are. Rain or shine – keep working without seeing whether you are monitored or not.

Regards - Sampath

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