A Real Fish Story . . .

I couldn’t resist passing along this true story to all my flyfishing friends and business readers.  Every good story has a moral as well!  I don’t know where the original came from but thanks to one of my subscribers for bringing it to my attention.

A Fish Story

A guy who lives near Lake St. Marys (60 miles north of Dayton, OH) saw a ball  bouncing around kind of strangely in the lake and went out to investigate. It turned out to be a large catfish that had apparently tried to swallow a basketball which became stuck in its mouth!

The fish was totally exhausted from trying to dive, but unable to because the ball would always bring him back up to the surface.  The guy tried numerous times to get the ball out but was unsuccessful.  He finally had his wife puncture the ball with a knife in order to deflate it and release the catfish.

You probably don’t believe this “fish story” , so here are the pictures:

And the moral of the story?

Be kinder than necessary because everyone bites off more than they can chew sometime in life!

Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress

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About johnrchildress

John Childress is currently Visiting Professor in Strategy and Culture at IE Business School in Madrid and a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at john@johnrchildress.com or john.childress@theprincipiagroup.com
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One Response to A Real Fish Story . . .

  1. Mike says:

    Good man John
    Fishing is not only about taking. Sometimes we must give back as well
    Regards, Mike

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