Long ago a cook lay languishing in a dimly lit palace dungeon having been accused of over seasoning the royal broth. As the day dawned for his release, he heard the welcome sound of the jailer descending the steep stone steps to his cell. Freedom, however, was not quite in his grasp. The jailer unclaspedContinue reading “the cook and the key”
There once was a farmer who grew exceptional corn. Each year the Corn Growers Association honoured him with first prize for the highest quality corn. A local newspaper reporter interviewed him on the secret of him success. Whilst keeping a little of the information under his wide brimmed hat, the farmer volunteered the fact thatContinue reading “look at the bigger picture to solve problems”
many people work harder but not necessarily smarter : find time to sharpen your saw.
Long ago a camel trader died, bequeathing his wealth to his three sons to be divided as follows: The eldest to be given a half, the middle son one third and the youngest son a ninth. The inheritance consisted of seventeen camels. As hard as they might try, the sons could find no solution thatContinue reading “seventeen camels parable”
One day, the Churchill couple walked through a well heeled neighbourhood in London.People greeted and exchanged words with the Prime Minister. A street sweeper greeted Mrs. Churchill in particular, and the two stayed aside for a while engaged in a friendly conversation. Churchill then asked his wife what she had had to discuss with aContinue reading “different approaches to same problem”
This story was inspired from a real life news story on Friday 5th March 2020 One day, as a boy was walking to school, his route took him past an accident. A lorry had got completely stuck under a low bridge. The driver, who had misjudged the height restriction, was unable to either go forwardContinue reading “You can do it”
the fisherman & genie parable shows how you need to look at problem from a different angle.
A father’s attempt to work from home was being constantly hampered by interruptions from his pre-school age daughter who wanted him to play with her. In desperation he created a homemade jigsaw by ripping out a printed map of the world from a magazine and tearing it into tiny pieces. He sent her off toContinue reading “Look at problems from all sides”
The Great Wall of China was originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the third century B.C. as a means of protecting his people from incursions from the barbaric hordes that swept down from the North. Made mostly of earth and stone, the wall stretched from the China Sea port of Shanhaiguan over 3,000Continue reading “find the weakest points to be strong”
Long ago there lived a scholar who had the highest regard for learning. His home was packed with books on all subjects. One day he noticed that his shoes were worn and needed replacing. The scholar immediately began consulting his books to find out what to do to replace worn shoes, where to go andContinue reading “too clever by half…”