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Implementation Parable – Starfish

Implementation Parable – Starfish

If you are ever overwhelmed with the amount of work or the number of people coming your way and just feel that you can’t help them all – I’m hoping the below Parable will help. Adapted from The Star Thrower: Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along…

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Implementation Parable – The Ceramics Class

Implementation Parable – The Ceramics Class

There’s a classic story from the book Art and Fear: The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity”…

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Implementation Parable – Luck

Implementation Parable – Luck

Once upon the time there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “Perhaps,” the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “What great luck!” the neighbors exclaimed. “Perhaps,” replied the old man. The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was…

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The River Parable

The River Parable

Two years ago, I wrote about the Starfish Parable. Since then, I’ve read several articles critiquing the message shared in that story. You’ll often find another parable with a stronger message about systemic change in those critiques. The River Parable Once upon a time, there was a small village on the edge of a river. The people there were good, and life in the village was good. One day a villager noticed a baby floating down the river. The villager…

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Implementation Parable – A Taste of Banzo’s Sword

Implementation Parable – A Taste of Banzo’s Sword

Transformation Digital Transformation is now a thing. A recognized effort that many companies are now grasping. A few years ago, it was only for the bleeding edge with deep pockets, but now it’s fully commercial. (Sorry for the business pun). However, there are so many companies and people on our Sales team that could learn from this particular parable. If you aren’t interested in reading the full story – I’ll save you the suspense: The faster you approach your desire…

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Implementation Parable – The Fisherman and the Businessman

Implementation Parable – The Fisherman and the Businessman

The other day my team asked me to go into detail about our new purpose. I felt like the conversation was incredibly helpful but, in my opinion, it ultimately ended with not enough information for my team. Upon reflection, the conversation was very reminiscent of an old parable about a fisherman and a businessman. There once was a fisherman who fished off of the pier and caught a few big fish each day while others seemed to struggle. A businessman saw…

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