[CJP Insights] Don’t Wait for the parrot to die

Sharing a story and then the context why we narrate the same

“The story is told of a woman who bought a parrot to keep her company, but she returned it the next day.

“This bird doesn’t talk,” she told the owner. “Does he have a mirror in his cage?” he asked.

“Parrots love mirrors. They see their reflection and start a conversation.”

The woman bought a mirror and left.

The next day she returned; the bird still wasn’t talking.

“How about a ladder? Parrots love ladders.

The happy parrot is a talkative parrot.”

The woman bought a ladder and left.

But the next day, she was back. “Does your parrot have a swing?

No? Well, that’s the problem.

Once he starts swinging, he’ll talk up a storm.”

The woman reluctantly bought a swing and left.

When she walked into the store the next day, her countenance had changed.

“The parrot died,” she said.

The pet store owner was shocked.

“I’m so sorry. Tell me, did he ever say anything?” he asked.

“Yes, right before he died,” the woman replied.

“In a weak voice, he asked me, ‘Don’t they sell any food at that pet store?’”

Take a moment to do a “priority check”, and strive for what is most important today.


Isn’t this story so pertinent to even the HR function. Often, we think about Employee Engagement through Rangoli Events, L&D sessions, Outbounds, just to name a few

But we often don’t figure out whether there is something that is bothering the employees and that’s more fundamental to their happy existence there – maybe a toxic boss, lack of career advancement, low CTC etc.

And when the employees resign, we wonder why?

What do you think?

Are you also waiting for the parrot to die