Being a pleasant day Max Impact, a human resources expert from Rochester Hills, Mich., decided to take a few moments and enjoy lunch with a couple of his workshop participants at a picnic table outside the conference center. During their pleasant conversation Max noticed two workers at the edge of the grassy area next to a gentle brook. One was digging a foot deep hole every few feet. The other was following the first a short distance behind filling in the fresh holes.
Max excused himself from the table and approached them to offer a couple of cool bottles of water. Granted, it was more out of curiosity than generosity. They were extremely grateful for the beverage and were quite pleasant in return.
“I am curious,” Max began. “Just as diligently as you are digging the holes he is filling them in. It doesn’t look like you are putting anything in the holes.”
“We aren’t,” said the gentleman filling in the holes.
“So why are you digging the holes just to have them filled in again?”
“Wow, I can see how silly that must look,” one said, wiping sweat from his forehead. “The reason is very simple.”
“Fred is out sick today,” he continued.
“What does that have to do with it,” Max asked.
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This may sound like a silly story but similar situations occur every day in workplaces throughout the business world. People work diligently to accomplish a task without knowing the desired result. They dig holes, fill in the holes, and never see the hedge that should be present when the work is done.
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