Parable of the Little Brown Bird

post by MSB reader, ‘CaliRefugee’

The Parable of the Little Brown Bird that I tell to all new employees as they near the end of their orientation:

There was a little brown bird that waited until November to fly south for the winter. This bird found a group to fly south with and took off flying on a cold day when the skies looked gunmetal gray.

As the day went on, the little brown bird became tired and hypothermic and was falling behind the rest of the flock. The little brown bird half fell / half fluttered into a barnyard where it sat on the ground shivering and miserable.

Along came a cow and it took a giant dump right on top of the little brown bird. The little brown bird was horrified and grossed out until he realized that the cow pie was steaming warm and he was being warmed up too.

Within 5 minutes, the little brown bird was warm, comfortable and toasty within the steaming cow pie and he began to sing and chirp. A barnyard cat heard the little brown bird and followed the sound of bird song. The cat dug out the little brown bird and gobbled him up.

The many lessons of the Little Brown Bird to pass on to New Employees within a large organization:

1. Just because somebody craps on you does not make them your enemy.

2. Just because somebody digs you out of a big pile of crap does not mean they are your friends.

3. One day, you will find yourself in trouble – so much trouble that the crap will be up to your eyeballs. On that day, you keep your mouth shut.

Another MSB reader adds, “…the moral of the story – don’t procrastinate or you will eventually be in the sh*t.”

Many of the same lessons to be found within The Art of War.

“The Art of War” by Sun Tzu

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