Aesop & Business: He That Is Neither One Thing Nor The Other Has No Friends

The Bat, the Birds and the Beasts

A great conflict was about to come off between the Birds and

the Beasts.  When the two armies were collected together the Bat

hesitated which to join.  The Birds that passed his perch said:

“Come with us”; but he said: “I am a Beast.”  Later on, some

Beasts who were passing underneath him looked up and said: “Come

with us”; but he said: “I am a Bird.”  Luckily at the last moment

peace was made, and no battle took place, so the Bat came to the

Birds and wished to join in the rejoicings, but they all turned

against him and he had to fly away.  He then went to the Beasts,

but soon had to beat a retreat, or else they would have torn him

to pieces.  “Ah,” said the Bat, “I see now,

“He that is neither one thing nor the other has no friends.”

This is the classic “If you don’t stand for something, then you stand for nothing” type of fable.  In the business world, this can be loosely translated as meaning “Have conviction, take action, then own the result”.  We have all had coworkers who refuse to take a stand on any issue, or who play devil’s advocate 100% of the time, or question every decision that management makes.  How often do those people get promoted up the chain of command?  Never.  Evaluate the issue, Form an opinion, Voice that opinion, Fight for your proposed action, and Take ownership of the result.  Even if you make some major mistakes along the way, you will fly higher than the employees who do not listen to this advice.

About Todd Hagopian (@ToddHagopian)

Todd Hagopian received his BA from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Political Science. After graduation, he worked as a Financial Advisor and a Bank Manager before returning to school. He attended Michigan State University, where he completed an MBA with a double-major in Finance and Marketing. Todd is now a Senior Product Development Manager for a Fortune 500 company. He frequently writes about business issues, social media strategy, and political issues that he finds important. Enjoy the blog!

Posted on December 18, 2011, in Aesop's Fables & Business, Business Strategy and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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