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Parable of the Boiling Frog

I once started off a training session holding a stuffed plush frog toy which also made noises every time I moved it! The story of the frog is that when you put a frog in a pot of tepid water, and set it on the stove and only increase the heat incrementally the frog remains comfortable until he is boiled to death. Gruesome, I know! But that's how we are as people too. We stay in our jobs and organizations, and organizations continue with their same-old, same-old practices, until everything no longer works and we suffer a death of sorts. However, if you take a frog and try to place it into a pot of boiling water, it will jump right out! because it recognizes how uncomfortable boiling water is, it will save itself. To what extent do we recognize our own situations? Are we slowly being boiled to death because we're afraid to move or do we recognize the signs and make the jump?

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