There was a farmer who collected horses. One day, he was fortunate to find a specimen of a rare Arabian breed for sale. The delighted farmer paid an arm and a leg to acquire the horse.
A month later, the horse became ill and he called the veterinarian. The vet examined the horse carefully and finally declared:
“Well, your horse has a virus. He must take this medicine for three days. I’ll come back on the third day and if he’s not better, we’re going to have to put him down.”
Nearby, the pig listened closely to their conversation.
The next day, the horse was given the medicine and left to recover.
The pig approached the horse and said:
“Buck up, my friend, or else they’re going to put you to sleep!”
On the second day, the horse was given the medicine and left to recover.
The pig came back and said:
“Come on buddy, gather up or else you’re going to die! Come on, I’ll help you. Let’s go! One, two, three…”
On the third day, they came to give him the medicine and the vet said to the anguished farmer:
“It’s mighty unfortunate. We’’re going to have to put him down tomorrow. Otherwise, the virus might spread and infect the other horses.”
After they left, the pig approached the horse and said:
“Listen pal, it’s now or never! Get up, come on! Have courage!
Come on! Get up! Get up! That’s it, slowly! Great!
Come on, one, two, three… Good, good.
Now faster, come on…. Fantastic! Run, run more! Yes! Yay! Yes! You did it, you’re a champion!!!”
All of a sudden, the farmer came back, saw the horse running in the field and began shouting:
“It’s nothing short of a miracle! My horse is cured. This deserves a party. Let’s kill the pig!!”
Are you beginning to relate it to what happens in your organization?
Source: IIA Forum