Friday Fable. Lubans’ “Tom the Turkey’s Tale”

Posted by jlubans on November 24, 2017

Caption: Tom’s mates no more.

Once in winter, a flock of wild turkeys made its circuitous way across farmlands and through forests. There were two dozen, young and old.
One of the older turkeys, Tom by name, somehow mangled his foot and could not keep up.
He called to the flock and asked them to slow down, but no one responded. When the group stopped to graze, Tom caught up, only to be shunned, now a persona non grata.
Several of the healthy turkeys ganged up, surrounding Tom – wings outspread - and sought to peck him to death. Saying as it were, "You are weak, we are strong, you must die."
Tom escaped by flying into the branches of a sheltering tree.
A kindly Farmer saw this and put out corn and water.
Whenever the flock returned – eating up all of Tom’s food - Tom would drop down from the tree and limp over to the flock, only to be viciously pecked at.
Thanks to the Farmer and time (and the sheltering tree), Tom’s foot got better; he limped less. Then, one day, he disappeared.

Moral for the workplace: When you see happening what happened to Tom do you participate in the shunning or are you like the Farmer? Are you a sheltering tree?
When a workmate is ostracized do you lend a helping hand or look the other way?
UPDATE Christmas, 2017: Ants seem to have more of whatever it is that passes for compassion among humans and is absent among turkeys. A PBS article from springtime "No Ant Left Behind: Warrior Ants Carry Injured Comrades Home" offers us a counterspective to wild turkey inhumanity. Inhumanity? These are turkeys, not people. How can they be inhumane? Good question. How can humane people be inhumane to others? Pretty easily, it seems.
Fables for Leaders would be a perfect Christmas gift for the thoughtful leader and/or the thoughtful follower. Beautifully illustrated and designed. Several vendors offer the book. Click on the cover image above to link to Amazon.

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