The Donkey, Dog and The Boss

There was once a washer man who had a donkey and a dog. One night when the whole world was sleeping, a thief broke into the house, the washer man was fast asleep too but the donkey and the dog were awake. The dog decided not to bark since the master did not take good care of him and wanted to teach him a lesson.

The donkey got worried and said to the dog that if he doesn’t bark, the donkey will have to do something himself. The dog did not change his mind and the donkey started braying loudly.

Hearing the donkey bray, the thief ran away, the master woke up and started beating the donkey for braying in the middle of the night for no reason.

Moral of the story “One must not engage in duties other than his own

Now take a new look at the same story…..

The washer man was a well educated man from a premier management institute. He had the fundas of looking at the bigger picture and thinking out of the box. He was convinced that there must be some reason for the donkey to bray in the night.. He walked outside a little and did some fact finding, applied a bottom up approach, figured out from the ground realities that there was a thief who broke in and the donkey only wanted to alert him about it. Looking at the donkey’s extra initiative and going beyond the call of the duty, he rewarded him with lot of hay and other perks and became his favourite pet.

The dog’s life didn’t change much, except that now the donkey was more motivated in doing the dog’s duties as well. In the annual appraisal the dog managed “ME” (Met Expectations) .

Soon the dog realized that the donkey is taking care of his duties and he can enjoy his life sleeping and lazing around.

The donkey was rated as “star performer”. The donkey had to live up to his already high performance standards. Soon he was over burdened with work and always under pressure and now is looking for a New Job.

Disclaimer: All characters in the story are not at all imaginary. Any resemblance to person living or dying of work is purely intentional and is corporate related.

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23 Responses to The Donkey, Dog and The Boss

  1. Mohamed Abid January 30, 2015 at 1:28 PM #

    Very true story as per todays corporate business ethics.

    The over initiative gets the beating & utimately sidelined & all promotions stopped, for crossing his/her line of duty and straying into others duties & responsibilities.

    It will be either a transfer to a remote place or notice to lose job.

    True Story well narrated.

  2. Sajid Afzal January 4, 2013 at 10:35 PM #

    These are funny storeis to learn, laugh. No sorry or injustice feeling with any character

    • Ali - Admin January 5, 2013 at 12:29 AM #

      Rightly said Mr.Sajid.

  3. Zafar Iqbal September 18, 2012 at 7:29 PM #

    Once we are using animals to teach us good lessons of life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And one more lesson is that we must not type-cast them, too!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. skybeen September 12, 2012 at 11:42 PM #

    the moral at the end of the story should be change……
    the fact is that the people who dont care for others are not suppose to be friend ……
    the kind hearted donkey got no reward of his kind deed……but we may not generalise the result……

  5. Zubair September 12, 2012 at 7:41 PM #

    a small dose to expatriate workers who works with native workers.

  6. Mubarek AL-Amin September 12, 2012 at 8:57 AM #

    ta trat tatat.. yat yatta

  7. Hussain R Haji September 12, 2012 at 12:50 AM #

    Hi Dear Sara, I do not agree with the first comments ‘ONE MUST NOT ENGAGE IN DUTIES THAN HIS” but subsequently agree with the second comments. however I feel regret of the washer man’s injustice action toward the donkey with over loading him, taking advantage of his silent, resulting that to search for another job.

    well done Sara, in caring to explore a second Moral explanation which made the subject more ideologic and interesting…..Bravo

    Hussain o

  8. sk ashif September 11, 2012 at 8:47 PM #

    not impressed!

    • sk ashif September 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM #

      but still an intelligent story.

  9. anis ahmad September 11, 2012 at 7:58 PM #

    excellent and educative story. donkey is all right, i m sure he would be getting double salary from his new sponsor.

  10. Ismaila Baba September 11, 2012 at 5:08 PM #

    a story similar to my situation

    • Wasim October 6, 2012 at 5:03 PM #

      1st version or the 2nd?

  11. SAB September 11, 2012 at 4:20 PM #

    I usually like most or your stories & articles, but this one was not like the rest. How come helping others come in a wrong category? The donkey helped his master by getting rid of the thief/by trying to alert him about the thief. Even if, sometimes, the (short-termed) consequences are not good, at least the person (or donkey in this case) will not have a guilty conscience for the rest of his/her life. I applaud the donkey.

    • sharif123 September 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM #

      Dear SAB,
      This is happening in the corporate world because due to different work culture, different managerial style like democratic, autocratic, laissez-faire & paternalistic etc. Sara has given a true picture of corporate management style. Thanks to her.

      • Zubair September 12, 2012 at 7:36 PM #

        Well Said Sharif123

      • sk ashif September 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM #

        I don’t know if what you say is true.
        Are there really people who are such a mess!

  12. Ian September 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM #

    lol. This story is not at all a story but reality. The DISCLAIMER is the icing on the cake and is very true. lol

    • sk ashif September 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM #

      May be!
      But how do you know it’s true!

  13. um abdullah September 11, 2012 at 2:50 PM #

    I enjoy your stories, but be careful of the negatives in the disclaimer – it should be ‘are all imaginary” and ‘unintentional”.

  14. raad September 11, 2012 at 12:43 PM #

    Nice Story and nice lesson 🙂

  15. mustafa August 3, 2011 at 3:01 PM #

    All characters in the story are not at all imaginary. Any resemblance to person living or dying of work is purely intentional and is corporate related.

    i thought you’d say the opposite for legal reasons

  16. Gasser March 26, 2010 at 6:04 PM #

    Gr8 Stories and Gr8 lessons .. I would Like To Share with my friends if u don’t mind.