Article ID : 46
Created on 2007-08-23 at 4:09 PM
Author : Rahul Bhanot [email@example.com]
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A successful business man was growing old and knew that it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.
One man, named James, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown.
By now, others were talking about their plants, but James didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure. Six months went by--still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. James didn't say anything to his colleagues, however. He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to grow.
A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. James felt sick in his stomach. it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life; but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room.
When James arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful--in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!
All of a sudden, the CEO spotted James at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front. James was shocked and nervous. He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!"
When James got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed-James told him the story. The CEO asked everyone to sit down except James. He looked at James, and then announced to the young executives, " Here is your next Chief Executive! His name is James!". James couldn't believe it. He couldn't even grow his seed. How could he be the new CEO the others said?
Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow. All of you, except James, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you all substituted another seed for the one I gave you. James was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it.
Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!"
So, be careful what you plant now, it will determine what you will reap later.
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