Webster defines "parable" as a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson (author paraphrase). If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a story worth (especially a story that paints pictures in the mind)? Here are two of CXO's favorite parables:
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped a cowpie on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cowpie, he began to realize how warm he was. The cowpie was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing fox heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the fox discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, promptly dug him out and ate him.
Morals of the story:
(1) Not everyone who "drops a cowpie" on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of "a cowpie" is your friend.
(3) And when you're knee-deep in "a cowpie," it's smart to keep your mouth shut.
An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing?" The eagle answered: "Sure, why not. "So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Moral of the story:
To be sitting and doing nothing, you better be sitting very, very high up.
What can you learn from these stories and apply to your business? What are your favorite parables?