On Monday I posted HR ain’t what it ought be – 20 fix tips

In the Blog I implore those in HR to read The Little Red Hen as ‘it’s not a folk tale, it’s a true story’
I then got asked this:

“The Little Red Hen.......is your point on this one about working hard to make good things happen without the support of others, and then them wanting to share in the spoils when it all goes well? Is your message to the person reading it that they should not be an unhelpful bystander, and also that they should be wary of allowing others to sit by and not support a process because they will invariably be there in the end when it turns out well? Tell me more please.”

Here is my answer to those great questions:

Well they are excellent questions Liz. They are great because you have thought incisively about the tale. To me the story is really what you make of it. I guess my take on it is this - do not expect others to do good and productive work, you may ask/implore but if there is good to be done, kick start it yourself but don't stop asking as you do what you must. When the good work is completed and it bears fruit, do not let those others enjoy those fruits: remind them that they did nothing. This is not being cruel or selfish. It's done in the hope that they will see the benefits of great work. It's done in the hope that next time it will be them that will kick start good work. It's done too in the knowledge that if they do it, it is you who will help and render assistance.

A few years back I gave each of my kids THE LITTLE RED HEN for Christmas - I said, “Read it and make of it what you will!”  They were each mature adults.


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