Saturday, February 5, 2011

Management Stories # 5 - Be wary of your wish

A couple were dining out together celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.

After the meal, the husband presented his wife romantically with a beautiful very old gold antique locket on a chain.

Amazingly when his wife opened the locket, a tiny fairy appeared.

Addressing the astonished couple, the fairy said, "Your forty years of devotion to each other has released me from this locket, and in return I can now grant you both one wish each - anything you want.."

Without hesitating, the wife asked, "Please, can I travel to the four corners of the world with my husband, as happy and in love as we've always been?"

The fairy waved her wand with a flourish, and magically there on the table were two first-class tickets for a round-the-world holiday.

Staggered, the couple looked at each other, unable to believe their luck.

"Your turn," said the fairy and the wife to the husband.

The husband thought for a few seconds, and then said, with a little guilt in his voice, "Forgive me, but to really enjoy that holiday of a lifetime - I yearn for a younger woman - so I wish that my wife could be thirty years younger than me."

Shocked, the fairy glanced at the wife, and with a knowing look in her eye, waved her wand.....
And the husband became ninety-three.

This story clearly highlights the need to be really wary of what you wish for, while trying to move up the ladder in an organization. You must not just dream wild, but be clear of your capabilities and eligibility to reach a specific position.

By being positive, firm and still ensuring that your feet are still on the ground (and not flying high), you can get a cool, steady climb up, instead of a quick-promote-go, which could be a roller-coaster ride. The faster it goes up, the faster will it also come down.

Remember, Rome was not built in a day, and it takes real hard work to become successful and remain so for times long.

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