A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.
Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together and said, ´It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you. ´
The young executives were surprised, but the boss continued. ´I am going to give each one of you a SEED today. Each one is getting a different seed. I want you to plant it, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.´
One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received one seed. He went home and excitedly told his wife what had happened. She hurried to get him a nice pot, some soil and the compost so he could plant this seed.
Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown.
After a while some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.
Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.
Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.
By now, others had great plants to talk about but Jim didn´t have a plant and he felt like a complete failure.
Six months went by and there was still nothing in Jim´s pot.
He figured he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants except him. Jim didn´t say anything to his colleagues, however. He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil hoping the seed would grow.
A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.
Jim told his wife that he wasn´t going to take an empty pot but she insisted and asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick to his stomach. It was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life since he could not do such a simple thing, but he knew his wife was right so he took his empty pot to the board room on the designated day.
When he arrived, he was amazed at the variety of different plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful. There were all shapes and sizes.
Jim put his empty pot on the floor as many of his colleagues laughed. A few even felt sorry for him!
When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.
Jim just tried to hide in the back.
´Well, look at what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown,´ said the CEO. ´Today one of you will
be appointed the next CEO!´
Then the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot and ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front. Jim was embarrassed. He thought, ´The CEO knows I´m a failure and will probably have me fired!´
When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed and Jim told him the story.
The CEO asked everyone to sit down and then, pointing at Jim, announced to all the young executives, ´Behold your next Chief Executive Officer! Jim couldn´t believe it since he had NOTHING to show after an entire year.
Everyone else complained, ´How can he become the new CEO? He didn´t succeed. He hasn´t grown anything.´
Then the CEO said, ´One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a random seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. The only catch is that I gave you all boiled seeds. They were dead. It was not possible for them to grow.
All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my original seed that I gave out. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive Officer!´
* If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
* If you plant goodness, you will reap friends
* If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
* If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
* If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
* If you plant hard work, you will reap success
* If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation
* If you plant faith in God , you will reap a harvest