Russell’s Ramblings

Those who do not hear the music might think the dancer mad

The Rooster and the Fox

fox In a land far away there is a story told of the Rooster and the Fox.  The fox was walking through a farmyard one morning and heard the rooster crow.  The rooster was perched high on top of a barn out of reach from the wily fox.    “Mr. Rooster,” said the fox politely.  “It is so nice to see you on this wonderful sunny morning.  Please come down from your perch so that we might chat a bit.”

 The rooster was suspicious about the friendly fox and replied, “I dare not fly down as so many animals might try to have me for breakfast.”     “You mean you have not heard the news?” asked the fox.  “All the animals have agreed to live in peace and no one will hurt you now.”

The rooster wanted to believe the fox but was surprised he had not heard of such a development.  He craned his neck and looked out on the horizon.  The fox took notice and asked. “What’s so interesting that you’re ignoring my invitation?”

The rooster informed the fox, “It seems we are to have company.  A pack of hounds are headed this way.”     “Please excuse me,” the fox replied anxiously, “but I must tend to something back at my den.”INGDMYFS0802

The rooster said, “Don’t go now Mr. Fox.  I was just coming down to chat a while with you and the dogs about this remarkable peace plan.”     “It might be possible,” the fox said as he scampered away, “that the hounds haven’t heard yet of the plan!”

Aesop’s fable has transcended time and the morals are just as true today as they were in his time – The worst liars often get tangled in their own lies.   We are living in a time where information is at the touch of a keyboard.  News is provided at the touch of a remote or mouse.  Some of the information is accurate and some of it is not.  Eyewitnesses to the same event can leave with different impressions of what occurred.  Stories retold can leave out significant details which change the context of what might have occurred or what was said.

In the end, we are left with one true business moral from the fable – Trust your instincts and don’t believe everything you read and hear.     As a manager, supervisor, or leader in your organization you need to listen carefully to what you are being told.  Examine the source of the information and weigh it carefully using your own instincts.  Eventually the truth wins the day and those who practice deceit  are caught in  a web of their making.  And the leader who understands that moral will be around to crow another day.

March 13, 2009 - Posted by | Leadership Lessons | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Nice story, thanks I needed the moral of the lesson you saved me hehehehe

    Comment by kimian55 | January 18, 2017 | Reply

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