HABITS ~ a short motivational story


A wealthy man requested an old scholar to wean his son away from his bad habits.

The scholar took the youth for a stroll through a garden. Stopping suddenly he asked the boy to pull out a tiny plant growing there. The youth held the plant between his thumb and forefinger and pulled it out.

The old man then asked him to pull out a slightly bigger plant. The youth pulled hard and the plant came out, roots and all.





“Now pull out that one,” said the old man pointing to a bush. The boy had to use all his strength to pull it out.

“Now take this one out,” said the old man, indicating a guava tree. The youth grasped the trunk and tried to pull it out. But it would not budge.

“I – It’s impossible,” said the boy, panting with the effort.

“So it is with bad habits,” said the sage. “When they are young it is easy to pull them out but when they take hold they cannot be uprooted.”

The session with the old man changed the boy’s life.


How is your work performance?

How is your work performance?
Employee “A” in a company walked up to his manager and asked what my job is for the day?

•The manager took “A” to the bank of a river and asked him to cross the
river and reach the other side of the bank.

•”A” completed this task successfully and reported back to the manager about
the completion of the task assigned. The manager smiled and said “GOOD
Next day Employee “B” reported to the same manager and asked him the job
for the day. The manager assigned the same task as above to this person

•The Employee “B’ before starting the task saw Employee “C” struggling in the
river to reach the other side of the bank. He realized “C” has the same task.

•Now “B” not only crossed the river but also helped “C” to cross the river.

•”B” reported back to the manager and the manager smiled and said “VERY
The following day Employee “Q” reported to the same manager and asked
him the job for the day. The manager assigned the same task again.

•Employee “Q” before starting the work did some home work and realized “A”,
“B” & “C” all has done this task before. He met them and understood how
they performed.

•He realized that there is a need for a guide and training for doing this task.

•He sat first and wrote down the procedure for crossing the river, he
documented the common mistakes people made, and tricks to do the task
efficiently and effortlessly.

•Using the methodology he had written down he crossed the river and
reported back to the manager along with documented procedure and training

•The manger said “Q” you have done an “EXCELLENT JOB”.
The following day Employee “O’ reported to the manager and asked him the
job for the day. The manager assigned the same task again.

“O” studied the procedure written down by “Q” and sat and thought about the whole task.

He realized company is spending lot of money in getting this task completed. He decided not to cross the river, but sat and designed and implemented a bridge across the river and went back to his manager and said, “You no longer need to assign this task to any one”.

The manager smiled and said “Outstanding job ‘O’. I am very proud of you.”
What is the difference between A, B, Q & O????????
Many a times in life we get tasks to be done at home, at office, at play.,
Most of us end up doing what is expected out of us. Do we feel happy? Most probably yes. We would be often disappointed when the recognition is not meeting our expectation.

Let us compare ourselves with “B”. Helping someone else the problem often improves our own skills. There is an old proverb (I do not know the author) “learn to teach and teach to learn”. From a company point of view “B” has demonstrated much better skills than “A” since one more task for the company is completed.

“Q” created knowledge base for the team. More often than not, we do the task assigned to us without checking history. Learning from other’s mistake is the best way to improve efficiency. This knowledge creation for the team is of immense help. Re-usability reduces cost there by increases productivity of the team. “Q” demonstrated good “team-player” skills,

Now to the outstanding person, “O” made the task irrelevant; he created a Permanent Asset to the team.

If you notice B, Q and O all have demonstrated “team performance” over and above individual performance; they have also demonstrated a very invaluable characteristic known as “INITIATIVE”.

Initiative pays of everywhere whether at work or at personal life. If you have initiative you will succeed. Initiative is a continual process and it never ends. This is because this year’s achievement is next year’s task. You cannot use the same success story every year.
The story provides an instance of performance, where as measurement needs to be spread across at least 6-12 months. Consequently performance should be consistent and evenly spread.
Out-of-Box thinkers are always premium and that is what everyone constantly looks out for. Initiative, Out-of-Box thinking and commitment are the stepping stone to success.
Initiative should be lifelong. Think of out of the box.

Think before you decide ~ a short story with good moral


One fine day, a bus driver went to the bus garage, started his bus, and drove off along the route.

No problems for the first few stops, a few people got on, a few got off, and things went generally well.

At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a guy got on. Six feet eight, built like a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground.

He glared at the driver and said, “Big John doesn’t pay!” and sat down at the back.

The driver was five feet three, thin, and basically meek… Naturally, he didn’t argue with Big John, but he wasn’t happy about it.

The next day the same thing happened -Big John got on again, said “Big John doesn’t pay!” and sat down.

And the next day, and the one after that, and so forth.

This irritated the bus driver, who started losing sleep over the way Big John was taking advantage of his size.

Finally he could stand it no longer. He signed up for body building program, karate, judo and all that good stuff.

By the end of the summer, he had become quite strong; So on the next Monday, when Big John got on the bus and said, “Big John doesn’t pay!” the driver stood up, glared back and screamed, “And why not?”

With a surprised look on his face, Big John replied, “Big John has a Bus pass.”

Moral of the story: First be sure is there a problem before working hard to solve one.


Happy Boss – Happy You :)


We all know it, if you have to stay happy at work, it is crucial to have a happy boss. Your bossboss shapes your career – salary hike, responsibilities, appraisal etc. If you think it is only your hard work and success that impresses your boss, think again. The criterion for any boss is quality of your work and the impression you have on everyone. So, it is as important to be good as it is to do good. Just learn to score your points and strive towards making an impression
Demonstrate motivation and confidence: Tell your supervisors about your aspirations and ask them to give you more responsible work. Take up whatever work you are given with confidence and perform aggressively. Talk confidently to people. Showing motivation and confidence towards work goes a long way in creating a good impression on supervisors.

Observe and listen carefully: Observe how your boss and other senior employees behave in the office. Listen to what they have to say. This way, you not only learn how business is conducted in the office but also learn about their individual working style. Remember – these people, with their rich background and knowledge, can be good mentors too.

Avoid gossiping: Gossiping is an evil that haunts every workplace. A lot of people merrily indulge in the same, not realizing the damage it can cause. Stay away! Listen to what the gossip mongers have to say to keep yourself updated about latest happenings in the office, but do not comment or participate. Unnecessary gossiping can lead to trouble with colleagues and supervisors and you will certainly not want any negative publicity.

Develop good working relations: Try to understand the working styles of your boss and your co-workers and help them understand yours. Develop good working relations with colleagues to ensure cooperation while executing critical projects. This way, you will not only be able to complete your work efficiently but will also be able to leave an impression on your co-workers and supervisors.

Help your boss with day-to-day tasks: There will be many tasks that your boss performs on a daily basis. Take up some of the responsibilities that you can perform without affecting your own work. This will help you to prepare yourself for the road uphill and create a good impression on your boss.

If you succeed in making a mark, you can expect trust and confidence to come your way. The confidence and faith that you win, coupled with your sincere efforts will undoubtedly take you a long way

CRK Cirehr

PLEASING EVERYONE – a short story with good moral


One day a man was going to market with his son and his ass. they met a couple on the way.

“Why walk when you have an ass to ride?” called out the husband, “seat the boy on the ass.”

“I would like that,” said the boy, “help me up father.”

And the father did that willingly.

Soon they met another couple. “How shameful of you!” cried the woman, “let your father ride, won’t he be tired?”

So, the boy got down and the father rode the ass. Again they marched on.

“poor boy”, said the next person they met, “why should the lazy father ride while his son is walking?”

So, the boy got onto the ass too. As they went on, they met some travellers.

“How cruel of them!” They are up to kill the poor ass.” cried one of the travellers.

Hearing this, the father and the son got down. Now they decided to carry the ass on their shoulders. As they did so, the travellers broke into laughter.

The laughter frightened the ass. It broke free and galloped away.

MORAL: You can not please everyone

attribution CiteHr