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Be Mindful to Read Your Audience

An elderly farmer trudges several miles through freezing snow to his local & very remote chapel for Sunday service.

No one else is there but the clergyman.

“I’m not sure it’s worth proceeding with the service. Might we do better to go back to our warm homes & a hot drink?” asks the clergyman to his audience of one.

“Well, I’m just a simple farmer,” says the old sharecropper, “But when I go to feed my herd, if only one bull turns up, I sure don’t leave it hungry.“

So the clergyman, feeling somewhat ashamed, delivers his service with all the bells & whistles, hymns & readings, lasting a good couple of hours, finishing proudly with the fresh observation that no matter how small the need, our duty remains.

He thanks the old farmer for the lesson he has learned.

“Was that okay?” asks the clergyman, as the two set off for home.

“Well I’m just a simple farmer,” says the old sharecropper, “But when I go to feed my herd, if only one bull turns up, I sure don’t force it to eat what I brought for the whole herd.“

Biz Lesson: The ability and willingness to adapt to your circumstances rather than continuing “business as usual” can be the difference between success and failure. How are you adapting today?

Letty Sanchez, Principal Consultant/Lead Business Strategist, AEM Executive Consultants

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