I heard a really funny story from one of my friends who is a senior sales manager at a large private bank. The story describes the monthly sales review (which happens in almost all companies) in a very funny way. And, if you are a salesman, you'll definitely understand what this story tries to say.
It goes like this...
The sales team of a company had six hens. It was the start of a month and the sales manager called all the six hens for a meeting. The purpose was to give targets for the month and discuss the so called strategies. The target was that each hen had to lay 30 eggs by the end of the month. He also said that last month's performance was really poor and they have to achieve their targets this month. He also said that those who fail to achieve their targets would be sacked with immediate effect.
The meeting got over and the hens left the meeting room with a puzzled look on their faces. They had no clue about how to achieve their targets. And gradually, each hen went in its direction to start laying their eggs.
Before they could realise, the month ended and the manager called all the six hens for a review meeting.
The review went like this.
The manager, though not happy seeing the numbers (which was always the case), was not disappointed either. There was definitely an increase in the overall productivity of the team.
He then started reviewing individual performances. Two hens over-achieved their targets by laying 35 & 32 eggs respectively. The manager was really pleased with their performances. The third hen just achieved the target of 30 eggs. Out of the remaining three hens, two of them missed the target by a small margin. They could lay only 28 eggs each. The manager could still accept it. But he was really shocked to look at the last one's numbers. It had laid only 2 eggs. The manager got extremely angry and started shouting at that hen. He asked the hen as to why its performance was extremely poor when the other hens could deliver good numbers.
This was the hen's reply. "Sir, I tried. Gave my best. But still, I could lay only 2 eggs. I am a cock, Sir."