Friday Fable. Abstemius’ “The Fly and the Chariot.”*

Posted by jlubans on November 04, 2016

Caption: How (some) managers see labor.

“There was a chariot racing around the stadium, and on that chariot sat a fly. As a great dust arose, both from the pounding of the horses' hooves, and also from the turning of the wheels, the fly exclaimed, "Oh what a mighty dust I have stirred up!"

This early fable is akin to L'Estrange) “A Fly upon a Wheel” and to "The Fox Gets Left Behind".
One mgt consultant advises: “Leaders need to distinguish if someone is an essential part of the system, or just along for the ride.” If the latter, time to get off the corporate trolley.
More aptly in my experience, this adage applies just as often to the leader, as it may to the slacker staff.
The "fly" kind of leader is more concerned about keeping his or her balance on the rickety chariot of the organization careening and curveting down the track than on taking the reins in hand and steering toward the goal.
All too often it is the “fly” leader who believes that she is responsible for an organization’s good results. If the results are bad, it is never the boss’s fault - it’s the dummies he has to work with.

Source: Abstemius.
Abstemius, ca.1440-1508, we are told would sometimes intermix “his fables with ludicrous stories, and satires on the clergy, which, … abound in indecent allusions to the Holy Scriptures."

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