Did you know people really do train fleas to perform in flea circuses? It’s true -- and easy. You simply place the fleas in a box with a lid.
Thinking it would be neat having a flea circus in his lobby, insurance agent Sally Smith decided to give a try at being the ringmaster. She bought some fleas and an aquarium, but the fleas were jumping higher than the top. She fixed the problem by putting an aluminum lid on it.
It seemed like an entertaining apparatus for the children of potential new clients until one day Sally was called to the lobby. It seems a young child had knocked the lid off the aquarium.
Sally was shocked at the sight when she arrived in the lobby.
What did she see in the uncovered aquarium?
The lesson the fleas learned is much like the lessons employees and friends learn. Try for a promotion and they do not get it. They try again only to fail again. After repeating this several times they stop trying. Change policies, change requirements, change management -- it doesn’t matter, they no longer try.
Are you running a flea circus or are you operating an organization where employees are still connected with high ambitions?
If pictures can replace a thousand words what do you do when you do not have a picture to show? Max finds anecdotes, although he admits they are merely words, are a way of creating word pictures that help create "ah-ha" moments when learning is maximized and impressions are long lasting.
This is part of a series of anecdotes published by Max Impact, a Rochester Hills, Mich., based website that offers complimentary resources to business leaders, entrepreneurs, human resources professionals and trainers in an effort to help the get the maximum impact in their careers. For more business terms, click here.
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