A: A question from our reader.
A: Really. ‘Dear Wise One, What do you think about the trend to ‘animalise’ management lessons?’
B: Is that a word?
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.
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: 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…
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”
B: Did you know Mr Ed the talking horse was really a painted zebra standing on a platform? Check it out.
B: Or that zebras never get ulcers?