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A Peacock in the land of Penguins

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A Peacockin the land of Penguins

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There once was a time, in the not so distant past, when penguins ruled many

lands in the Sea of Organisations.

These penguins were not always wise,

they were not always popular,but they were always in charge.

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The top management worethe same outlookin their distinctive

black and white suits. They believed that

uniformity is the way to do things;

Uniformity is Unity.

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On the other hand, worker birds wore colours and outfits that

reflectedtheir work and lifestyles.

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Birds who aspired to move up the corporate ladder

were encouraged to adoptthe penguins’ code of conduct and wear the penguin suits.

They learned the penguin stride and

follow the example of their leaders.

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One day, Perry the peacockjoined the land of Penguins.

He was loud,colourful and full of new ideas.

Although he was different, the penguins were impressedby his new ideas. They felt thathe had real Penguin Potential.

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Initially, everyone was happy. The penguins were pleased

with their new recruit. Perry was creative and

he brought in good results.


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However, as time went by, the penguins began

to murmur against Perry.

Too colourfulToo Loud!

Too many new ideas!

We are NOT comfortable!

He intruded the penguins’ comfort zone.

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Perry was also unhappy. The penguins tried to turn him

into a penguin.

Be like us!

Wear a penguinsuit! Leave me alone...

Both parties were unhappy.

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Other than penguins and peacocks,

there are also pigeons who are

peacemakers in the office.Sparrows who try to be

neutral so as to keep a low profile or

Ostriches who choose to bury their heads in the sand.

There will always bepenguins and peacocksin any organisation.

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When we learn to appreciate one another’s differences, we become more willing to

listen, more open to new ideas and

more eager to grow.

Birds of different feathers can work together in harmony.

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Peacocks bring in varieties

and new ideas, But, the stability

provided by the penguinsmust not be ignored.

Penguins, being the backbone of the organisation, need to recognise that

diversity can exist in an organisation

if there is acceptance and trust.