Dragos pointed out that in the bedouin and magic fairy story, unless you really know what you want, you’ll end up transformed in a toilet.
Quite similar to Johnny Bravo saying “I want the chicks to run after me” – which they did, actually. Lots of chickens chased Johnny Bravo.
The purpose of Dragos’s exercise is to make us (yes, me and you too) think about our own understanding of the exercise.
My add on it
There’s a nice story about three employees who find the magic goldfish. (Ironically enough, we do have an aquarium with two goldfishes at work, but I never heard them speak).
The magic goldfish grants them three wishes all together.
The first one says “I want to be on the beach, surrounded by beautiful women”
The second one says “I want to have a big house and lots of money”
The third one, who’s also the boss, says “I want both of these pricks back here by lunchtime.”
The morale? Let your boss have his objectives first, before you speak out.
The big picture first
Really. That’s a proven thing.
Yes, be bold and fearless, and make your point, and be consistent afterwards – but first, check for the framework.
What does the boss want? More specifically, what is the bigger objective that you’re part of? What’s the business strategy? Do you even fit in? Does YOUR bigger picture fit in?
This applies also to those people who do not have a boss. Entrepreneurs, anyone?
How many times did you design your vision, or had a brilliant marketing idea, and only AFTERWARDS did a market research to see if the market supports it?
That’s right. Check for the big picture first, see if the environment supports what you have to ask for.
Then the goldfish will do its job.