6 Corporate Lessons
Corporate Lesson 1:
A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her
shower when the doorbell rings. After a few seconds of arguing over
which one should go and answer the doorbell, the wife gives up,
quickly wraps herself up in a towel and runs downstairs.
When she opens the door, there stands Bob the next door neighbor.
Before she says a word, Bob says, “I’ll give you $800 to drop that
towel that you have on.” After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her
towel and stands naked in front of Bob. After a few seconds, Bob hands
her 800 dollars and leaves.
Confused, but excited about her good fortune, the woman wraps back up
in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets back to the
bathroom, her husband asks from the shower, “Who was that?” “It was Bob the next door neighbor,” she replies. “Great!” the husband says, “Did he say
anything about the $800 he owes me?”
Moral of the story:
If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk in time with your stakeholders, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.
Corporate Lesson 2:
A priest was driving along and saw a nun on the side of the road; he
stopped and offered her a lift, which she accepted. She got in and
crossed her legs, forcing her gown to open and reveal a lovely leg.
The priest had a look and nearly had an accident.
After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg. The
nun looked at him and immediately said, “Father, remember Psalm 129?”
The priest was flustered and apologized profusely. He forced himself to
remove his hand.
Changing gear, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once
again said, “Father, remember Psalm 129?” Once again the priest
apologized “Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.”
Arriving at the convent, the nun got out gave him a meaningful glance
and went on her way. On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to
retrieve a bible and looked up Psalm 129. It Said, “Go forth and seek
further up, you will find glory.”
Moral of the story:
Always be well informed in your job, or you might miss a great opportunity.
Corporate Lesson 3
A sales rep, an administration clerk and the manager are walking to
lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes
out in a puff of smoke. The Genie says, “I usually only grant three
wishes, so I’ll give each of you just one” “Me first! Me first!” says
the admin clerk. “I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat,
without a care in the world ” Poof! She’s gone.
astonishment, “Me next! Me next!” says the sales rep “I want to be
in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an Endless
supply of pina coladas and the love of my life.” Poof! He’s gone.
“OK, you’re up,” the Genie says to the manager. The manager says “I
want those two back in the office after lunch.”
Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.
Corporate Lesson 4:
A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A small rabbit saw
the crow, and asked him, “Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day
long?” The crow answered: “Sure, why not.” So, the rabbit sat on the
ground below the crow, and rested. All of a sudden a fox appeared,
jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.
Corporate Lesson 5:
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 that 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, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree.
Soon he was spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.
Moral of the story: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there.
Corporate Lesson 6:
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze
and fell to the ground in a large field. While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on it. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay 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, and promptly dug him out and ate him.
Moral of the story:
1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend
3) And when you’re in deep shit, it’s best to keep your mouth shut!
- 6 Corporate Lessons: Good stuff! - November 7, 2005
The 2nd lesson is also really good. i never read the sermons.
It was too hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing. Nice article to get your point across 🙂
Date: 3rd Sept., 2006
Dear Aalok Mittal,
I have some proposals for venture funding.
Could you please send me more details.
opps…it is ‘appearance’ and not ‘appearence’. Excuse that!
Look at these pointers –
1. If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk in time with your stakeholders, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.
2. Opportunity knocks, but once. Be prepared to grab it firmly when it is at your door..
3. Proverb in Telugu – Anuvukaani chota adhikulamanradu. Konchamundutella kodava kaadu (Translation: It is never un-wise to be silent when the situation/place doesn’t suit you)
4. Dads always say – ‘Work hard now. You can relax once you reach the helm.’
5. There are no shortcuts to success.
6. Appearences are deceptive and silence is Gold.
Do they ring any bells?
Well…they are nothing but the (reworded) morals of the above corporate lessons. We have been hearing these right from childhood, from every possible quarter! But, amazing it is how they register into our minds in a lot easier way when they are in the form of fun (stories, movies etc.) and leave an everlasting impression.