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Presence of Mind

Posted: August 27, 2010 in Management
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Once a manager want to test the sense of understanding of their workers. He called all of his employees of unit at one place and asked to prove their intelligence. He kept a covered pot in front of the employees and said “There is a pot in front of you. Your task is to tell what is kept in side the pot.” All of the employees tried to sort out the asked trick. But they could not reach at possible solution.

Suddenly, an employee come forward, uncovered the pot and said “It is empty”. All of the employees began to laugh thinking that he is a stupid. But the manager said that he is a wise person. I asked you to tell the thing inside the pot but didn’t say that you could not open it.

Moral: Dont assume obstacles that dont exist. Take the things in same form as them come to you.

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Once Akbar, the king heard from Birbal, his minister, that money is supreme for all over and a needy person can do anything for money. The kind didn’t aggreed and asked him to search for such a person. Birbal bring a man who was very poor and was aggreed to do any given task for money. The king asked the poor man to spend a cold night in the cold water pond. The man accept the order and completed the task successfully.

Next day he went to Akbar’s court to receive his money. The king asked him that how he managed to spend such cold night in water. The man told to the king that he saw a lamp post at some distance of the pond and he kept his attention on the heat of the lamp. In this way he spent the night. The king denied to give him reward saying that he sought the help of lamp for passing night.

Next day Birbal didn’t came to the court of the king. Somebody told Akbar that Birbal would come after eating Khichri (a salty dish of rice). After 3-4 hour when Birbal didn’t come the king decided to go his home. He found Birbal sitting near burning twigs with utensil filled with khichri very high from the fire.

Akabar told that how he could get the dish cooked when it is hanging at such a height. Then Birbal said “If a man can get heat from the distance of a small lamp then it is very easy getting the dish cooked. It doesn’t matter what is the distance between fire and utensil.” The king realized his mistake and gave reward to the man.

Moral: If you want to say something, that is difficult to express in words, the presentation is the best way to tell the same.