30 May Elderly Couple Story“Welcome to heaven. This will be your home now.” The old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost. “Nothing,” Peter replied, “this is your heavenly reward.” The old man looked out of the window and saw a magnificent championship golf course. “What are the green fees?” he asked suspiciously. “This is heaven,” St Peter replied, “You can play for free whenever you wish.” Next they went to the clubhouse and saw the lavish buffet lunch, with every imaginable cuisine laid out before them. Anticipating the old man’s next question, St Peter said, “Don’t ask, this is heaven, it is all free for you to enjoy.” The old man looked around and glanced nervously at his wife. “Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol foods, and the decaffeinated tea?” he asked. “This is heaven. You can eat and drink as much as you like, and you will never get fat or sick.” “I don’t need to go to the gym?” the old man pressed. “Not unless you want to,” St Peter replied. “No testing my sugar or blood pressure or…” “Never again. All you do here is enjoy yourself.” The old man glared at his wife, “You and your bloody bran muffins. We could have been here ten years ago!” This story highlights the dangers of making assumptions about the needs and feelings of others, whether colleagues, suppliers or customers. It can be a useful inclusion in any training where: 1) You want to show participants that we all have a different ‘map’ or perspective of the world, and it is dangerous to assume that others feel the same way as we do. 2) You want participants to recognize the importance of building an understanding of others’ needs and feelings, rather than making assumptions based on our own feelings.
The story in a sentence: I always gave you my favorite bit, because I made the assumption it was your favorite bit.