How Did The Chicken Think Like The Pig?

Hello my readers,

In a bacon-and-eggs breakfast, what’s the difference between the Chicken and the Pig?

Answer: The Chicken is involved, but the Pig is committed.

Many of my clients are business owners.  They are committed to their businesses.  Others are in senior leadership positions and have their compensation tied to business results.  By virtue of this “shared success” model, they are also committed to their organizations.  They win when the organization wins.  When the organization loses, you guessed it, they lose too.  In this way, they can be said to be the pigs.  The mindset of pigs is fundamentally different from the chickens that work for most companies.

Let me pause for a second – if the whole pig-chicken thing has offended you, it’s a metaphor and it works.  I am not labeling anyone as a pig (poor grooming) or a chicken (excessively fearful).  Also, if you’re a vegetarian, sorry for the inconvenience and I will catch you next week when I promise not to mention meat of any kind.

Many employees are dedicated and want their organizations to succeed.  They are very “involved”and care about customers, co-workers, departments, and company goals.  Nevertheless, there is a significant gap between the way employees and owners think.

While this disconnect will always remain to some degree, there are ways to get the two groups on the same page.   In the healthiest of organizations, there is a culture of shared success.

If you’re an owner or senior leader, ask yourself how employees benefit when the organization wins?  If your answer is “They get to keep their jobs!”, guess again.  The benefits to employees are often financial, but also include elements such gratitude, recognition and new opportunities.  Something a simple as a private thank you or a public praise promotes a shared success culture, and “owner thinking”.

If you are an employee, ask yourself “What would the owner do?” when dealing with an inconvenient request, demanding customer or challenging problem.  Don’t limit yourself to involvement!  Be committed to the achievements of the organization.  When the majority of people in the organization think like owners, everybody wins!  Everyone … except your competition. 

All the best,


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By the way, I don’t charge extra for typos.  They are my gift to you.  :-)

About eddecosta

Business and Executive Coach
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One Response to How Did The Chicken Think Like The Pig?

  1. Amy Wells says:

    It takes giftedness to be profound and funny, all at once. This is fantastic Ed.

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