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Lesson Learned

Discussion in 'The Atrium' started by FrankRizzo, May 19, 2013.

  1. FrankRizzo

    FrankRizzo Cheesehead

    May 2, 2010

    A successful businessman was growing old and knew it was time to choose a
    successor to take over the business.

    Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to
    do something different. He called all the young executives in his company

    He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have
    decided to choose one of you. "The young executives were Shocked, but the
    boss continued. "I am going to give each one of you a SEED today - one very
    special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here
    one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given
    I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be
    the next CEO."

    One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received
    a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story.. She helped him
    get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Everyday, he would
    water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of
    the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that
    were beginning to grow.

    Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew

    Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.

    By now, others were talking about their plants,
    but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure.

    Six months went by -- still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had
    killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing.
    Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however, he just kept watering
    and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to grow.

    A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company
    brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.

    Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot.
    But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick to his
    stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but
    he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room.

    When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the
    other executives. They were beautiful - in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his
    empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry
    for him!

    When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young

    Jim just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees and
    flowers you have grown," said the CEO. "Today one of you will be appointed the
    next CEO!"

    All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his
    empty pot. He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front. Jim
    was terrified.. He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have
    me fired!"

    When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his
    Jim told him the story.

    The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then
    announced to the young executives, "Behold your next Chief Executive

    His name is "Jim!" Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his

    "How could he be the new CEO?" the others said.

    Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a
    seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to
    me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not
    possible for them to grow.

    All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers.
    When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for
    the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to
    bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the
    new Chief Executive Officer!"

    * If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
    * If you plant goodness, you will reap friends
    * If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
    * If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
    * If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
    * If you plant hard work, you will reap success
    * If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation

    So, be careful what you plant now;
    it will determine what you will reap later.
    Think about this for a minute.
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  2. realcaliforniacheese

    realcaliforniacheese A-Rods Boss

    Jul 26, 2011
    That's why I always use clones and never plant seeds.
  3. FrankRizzo

    FrankRizzo Cheesehead

    May 2, 2010
    That's why... I knew there had to be a reason :eek:)

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