Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fairy tales and the Work Place...

I recently got hooked to a TV series called "Once upon a Time"  - the crossroad between real life and fairy tales...had me immediately think about Fairy Tales and the Work Place...I had some time back read an article on the same by Michael Wade ( put into a back file in the brain as interesting information for future retrieval)

  1. The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf (he says on Friday) : We need this report  by Monday at the absolute latest. I don’t care what you need to do to meet that deadline, but get it done.” Fast forward two weeks after Monday (he says) : “Oh, your report? We haven’t gotten around to it yet.”....lesson learnt : might work once or twice but people remember
  2. Hansel and Gretel: “Granted, she seemed a little strange at the interview, but her department looks like it would be a cozy place to work. And they serve free pastry at the coffee breaks!”....lesson learnt : if it looks too good to be true it probably is
  3. The Gingerbread Man: "I've got an MBA, a Porsche  and a way with words. No one can touch me!”....lesson learnt : no one is invincible, watch out for the fox there is always one out there
  4. Goldilocks and the Three Bears:  “Do a lot? Do nothing? Those sound risky. Let’s go with the middle option: the gruel (pun intended)....lesson learnt : Don't take something without permission (yes even ideas) and the middle ground ain't such a bad thing
  5. The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs: “Why tinker with targeted improvements? The entire system should be changed.”....lesson learnt : sometimes radical change is what screws you over...I still cringe when I hear the word code merge or integrating an acquisition
  6. The Grasshopper and the Ants: “It is unfair, but, while you were toiling away, he was making connections and, you've got to admit, he’s fun to be around.”....lesson learnt : sometimes life just doesn't seem fair, bide your time...your time will come
  7. The Adventures of Pinocchio: “Technically speaking, our advertising campaign doesn't lie. It just doesn't mention the bad stuff.”....lesson learnt : Choose Ethics and Honesty, it will stand you good stead
  8. Rumpelstiltskin: “Yes, the deal involves giving up your firstborn, but look at the benefits.”...lesson learnt : Some deals are as bad as they sound... 
How does all this mumbo jumbo relate to us beyond  this...I believe  that

We all are : modern day Snow Whites who can thwart the evil queen (substitute evil queen with what irks you the most at workplace)....or Rapunzels who are stuck in  towers ( maybe career plateau, no stretch, lack of purpose) and  can break free ...or maybe even Cinderellas with the power of visualizing a better future for themselves and making it happen....

Fairy Tales  and  Real Life go together...maybe that is the reason for my fascination with this series  that I am hooked to....so what's your story... I mean Fairy Tale?

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