Manager - Hr
Handwriting Analysis, Employee Relations,
Business Development Executive
26th May 2005 From India, Madras
owing a large sum of money to a village moneylender.
The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer's beautiful
daughter. So he proposed a bargain.
He said he would forgo the farmer's debt if he could marry his daughter.
Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. So the
cunning money-lender suggested that they let providence decide the matter.
He told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an
empty money bag.
Then the girl would have to pick one pebble from the bag.
1) If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her
father's debt would be forgiven.
2) If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father's
debt would still be forgiven.
3) But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into
They were standing o! n a pebble strewn path in the farmer's field. As they
talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them
up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and
put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick a pebble from the bag.
Now, imagine that you were standing in the field.
What would you have done if you were the girl?
If you had to advise her, what would you have told her?
Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:
1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.
2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and
expose the money-lender as a cheat.
3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to
save her father from his debt and imprisonment.
Take a moment to ponder over the story. The above story is used with the
hope that it will make us appreciate the difference between lateral and
logical thinking. The girl's dilemma cannot be solved with traditional
logical thinking. Think of the consequences if she chooses the above logical
What would you recommend to the Girl to do?
Well, here is what she did ....
The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without
looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where
it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.
"Oh, how clumsy of me," she said. "But never mind, if you look into the bag
for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked."
Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked
the white one. And since the money-lender dared not admit his dishonesty,
the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely
MORAL OF THE STORY:
Most complex problems do have a solution. It ! is only that we don't attempt to think.
really smart na?
19th June 2005 From India, Mumbai
All case studies were too good. Even I was asked one case study in my interview but :( i couldn't able to answer it correctly let's see if you people can answer it.
Once in an office one Employee complained to the HR manager that our inhouse coffee person don't cleans the kitchen and utensils properly and don't provide us hygenic food as when he was heaving tea after finishing it at the bottom of the glass he found one cocrockh or flies.
Can any body tell me Keeping urself as that HR person what will be your next step
Whether you'll scold that office boy or will do enquiry or any thing else.
Willl be waiting for your answers.
27th October 2006 From India, Chennai
The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have
not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing
boats got bigger and went farther than ever.
The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the
return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did
not like the taste.
To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They
would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go
farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference
between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish. The frozen fish
brought a lower price.
So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff
them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped
moving. They were tired and dull, but alive.
Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish
did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese preferred
the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish.
So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get
fresh-tasting fish to Japan?
To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the
fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a
few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are
As soon as you reach your goals, such as finding a wonderful mate, starting a
successful company, paying off your debts or whatever, you might lose your
passion. You don't need to work so hard so you relax.
Like the Japanese fish problem, the best solution is simple. It was observed by
L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1950's.
"Man thrives, oddly enough, only in the presence of a challenging
The Benefits of a Challenge
The more intelligent, persistent and competent you are, the more you enjoy a
good problem. If your challenges are the correct size, and if you are steadily
conquering those challenges, you are happy. You think of your challenges and get
energized. You are excited to try new solutions. You have fun. You are alive!
Instead of avoiding challenges, jump into them. Beat the heck out of them. Enjoy
If your challenges are too large or too numerous, do not give up. Failing makes
you tired. Instead, reorganize. Find more determination, more knowledge, more
Don't create success and lie in it. You have resources, skills and abilities to
make a difference.
Put a shark in your tank and see how far you can really go! 8)
27th October 2006 From India, Bangalore