The goose that lays golden eggs…Final chapter
April 23, 2012 § 5 Comments
By now most of you would have read the post The goose that lays golden eggs…One fable three morals (http://arvindthakore.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/the-goose-that-lays-golden-eggsone-fable-three-morals/) . For most of us the story ended here. The teacher never told us the rest of the story.
The story of the goose laying the golden egg soon started reaching the neighboring farms and villages. The other farm owners started sending the offers to the goose discretely to shift her base to their farm.
The offers were lucrative, better feed, bigger and exclusive farm, exclusive ponds, etc. etc. The offer was tempting. The goose thought, “If I were to lay an egg (golden) to the farmer, why not do it for the farmer giving her the best offer.” The goose accepted the offer of the farmer; whose deal she felt was the best amongst all.
As life would have it, she had the best in life any goose would have asked for. And the new owner had the best goose in villages far and near. Life went by.
A few months later, the farmer realized that the goose eggs did not have the same sheen as it was at the time he bought her a few months back. Goose on the other hand was equally worried on her detoriating performance. They sat, discussed, and changed strategies. A few more weeks went by and by now the entire gold sheen on the egg was gone; the eggs were as normal as the other goose on the farm.
The farm started shrinking, and the pool started drying. The goose too started missing the other goose from her old farm, the freedom, happiness, a cared hug from the farmer. Life was not as happy as it was despite of the bigger farm and exclusive ponds. And as the fate would have it, the goose was kicked out of the farm.
Sitting outside the fence the goose realized, “it was not me that incubated the gold in my eggs; it was the environment that I live in, my friends, colleagues, farmer and all other farm animals lived with her contributed to the environment and giving her the perfect environment, team, and opportunity to be what she was.
Moral: A leader is as good as his team. Your performance is not yours, it’s a contribution of the environment, support and visions your employer and your team renders to you.