A Question From Our Reader

A: A question from our reader.

B: Really?

A: Really. ‘Dear Wise One, What do you think about the trend to ‘animalise’ management lessons?’

B: Is that a word?

A: What?

B: Animalise?

A: Course it is – it means ‘Ability to portray through use of animals as a metaphor information which ….”

B: OK. OK.

A: There are examples. “Who Moved My Cheese?”, “Gung Ho!”

B: Well I quite like those books.

A: (astonished gasp)

B: Well they’re thin, quite expensive so I guess they make Spence and Ken a fair amount of bucks per word

A: And the content

B: Oh please. “Who Moved My Cheese?” fails on so many levels.

A: I hear Disney are turning it into a film.

B: Really?

A: Tom Hanks will play the lead, of course.

B: How can it last more than 5 minutes? I’ll précis it for you – “Be flexible – mice are.”

A: Jealous?

B: Totally.

A: So what would you’re animalised book be?

B: Is this another question from the reader?

A: Yes. I forgot to say it was a 2 part question.

B: “Who stole my cheese?” – because basically that’s what the pesky mouse did.

A: Let’s move away from mice shall we.

B: Zebras. Who stole my stripes. It would be an expose of the jungle where the zebra, who is the wisest and most cunning of animals, is also the management consultant / project manager of the group.

A: Go on.

B: It’s to do with the ying and yang of her stripes. She always sees both sides of the argument – and when she’s eating…

A: Ruminating

B: That’s when she’s thinking – deep, deep project management thoughts. Then she gets all the animals into a clearing and explains how she’s going to work with them. Gives them an overview, some project management principles and assigns roles and responsibilities.

A: And implements an evaluation process.

B: Of course. Why do something if you can’t measure it.

A: That old zebra saying ..

B: Yes. I think I’ll call it “Developing the Zebra Within You” or “Principle Centred Zebraship”

A: Catchy.

B: Did you know Mr Ed the talking horse was really a painted zebra standing on a platform? Check it out.

A: Fascinating

B: Or that zebras never get ulcers?

A: Enough


Published by: byron kalies

Writer, golfer and golf writer, I have developed and moved on (not permanently in case there are any publishers reading this) from the relatively straightforward world of management consultancy with motivation, leadership, change matrices, decision making, communication, customer care, bottom lines, double-loop learning, stress, attribution theory, behavioural interviewing, project management, group think and Johnson and Scholes’ Cultural Web, to the complex and unfathomable world of describing places where people can hit a ball into a hole. I have written for a number of golf magazines and newspapers including 'Golf International' , 'wales on Sunday' and am currently golf correspondent for Cambria Magazine (Wales's Magazine) and blogger for Wales Online.

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