Aesop

Aesop’s Fables: Hercules and the Waggoner

01.04.2012

Many of you know that I love Aesop’s Fables to present timeless lessons, and write about how they connect to lessons in the lean journey. This fable is titled: Hercules and the Waggoner “A Waggoner was driving his team along a muddy lane with a full load behind them, when the wheels of his waggon sank so […]

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Jamie’s Fables: The Peacock and the Thorn

06.15.2011

Those of you who have followed me for some time know that I like Aesop’s Fables. They are great ways of encapsulating lessons of life. I’ve been writing on how these lessons apply to lean transformation. You can see all of these examples here. I decided instead of just borrowing from Aesop’s efforts, I should […]

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The Bee and Jupiter

03.10.2011

I have used Aesop’s Fables before, and here are some lessons from The Bee and Jupiter. A Queen bee from Hymettus flew up to Olympus with some fresh honey from the hive as a present to Jupiter, who was pleased with the gift that he promised to give her anything she liked to ask for. […]

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The North Wind and the Sun

11.04.2010

I’ve enjoyed connecting the fables of Aesop to lessons in lean and leadership. You can read my previous posts here. Here is a lesson about change management. How do you get engagement? How do you get compliance? The North Wind and the Sun A dispute arose between the North Wind and the Sun, each claiming […]

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Finding the hidden “mouse” skills in every team member

09.22.2010

It’s too bad everyone isn’t just like us, isn’t it? Wouldn’t the world be a better place? Of course not. But our behaviors often suggest that we do hang on to this belief. We are far more likely to recognize the skills and talents of others if those skills and talents are much like ours. […]

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The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs

07.12.2010

Aesop’s Fables present timeless lessons. As my mind thinks, I related these back to organizational lessons and to lean transformation, as I wrote about The Mice in Council before. One of the most famous phrases, even if people don’t really know the story, is The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs. Here’s the story: A […]

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An idea is not always enough.

03.24.2010

A useful fable from Aesop, one of my all-time favorite writers, The Mice in Council. Long ago, the mice had a general council to consider what measures they could take to outwit their common enemy, the Cat. Some said this, and some said that; but at last a young mouse got up and said he […]

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