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The Ant 螞蟻的故事 A Fable. . . or 一個寓言 … Or 或者 不是個寓言而是個真的故事 . .
Every day, a small ant arrives at work very early and starts work immediately. 每天，小螞蟻很早來上 ，並且 一來就 開始做事。
She produces a lot was happy. 她的生產力很高，並且 作愉快。
The Chief, a lion, was surprised to see that the ant was working without supervision. 身為老闆的獅子，非常驚奇 螞蟻能自行 作而不須監督。
He thought if the ant can produce so much without supervision, wouldn’t she produce even more if she had a supervisor! 他認為 在沒有監督下的螞蟻 生產 力是如此的好，如果有人監督的 話她的生產力應該會更好才對 !
So he recruited a cockroach who had extensive experience as supervisor and who was famous for writing excellent reports. 因此他招募了有豐富經驗 的蟑螂 作為監督員， 蟑螂 以 擅長撰寫優良報告而聞名。
The cockroach’s first decision was to set up a clocking in attendance system. 蟑螂的第一個決定是設立 了打卡計時系統。
He also needed a secretary to help him write and type his reports and … 他也需要一個秘書幫助他繕寫 和鍵入報告和 ……
. . . he recruited a spider, who managed the archives and monitored all phone calls. 他招募了蜘蛛，負責管理檔案 和監管所有電話。
The lion was delighted with the cockroach's reports and asked him to produce graphs to describe production rates and to analyse trends, so that he could use them for presentations at Board‘s meetings. 獅子對蟑螂的報告非常 高興並 要求他用圖表描述生產率和分析 趨勢變化，因而他能在董事會上 用這些資料 來報告。
So the cockroach had to buy a new computer and a laser printer and. . . 因此蟑螂必須買一臺新的電腦和雷射印表機和 …
. . . recruited a fly to manage the IT department. . . 並招募蒼蠅來管理資 訊部門。
The ant, who had once been so productive and relaxed, hated this new plethora of paperwork and meetings which used up most of her time…! 曾經是很有生產力和輕鬆的 螞蟻 ，恨透了這些 耗盡她大多 數時間的 過多文書作業和 會議 …!
The lion came to the conclusion that it was high time to nominate a person in charge of the department where the ant worked. 獅子做出結論這是提名螞蟻 作部門負責人的時候了。
The position was given to the cicada, whose first decision was to buy a carpet and an ergonomic chair for his office. 這個位置被賦予給了蟬， 蟬的 第一個 決定是 為他的辦公室 買一張地毯和一 把符合人體 學的椅子。
The new person in charge, the cicada, also needed a computer and a personal assistant, who he brought from his previous department, to help him prepare a Work and Budget Control Strategic Optimisation Plan … 新的人負責，蟬，也需要一部電腦和 一位從他原先部門帶來的個人助理， 來幫助他準備 作和預算控制策略優 化計劃 …
The Department where the ant works is now a sad place, where nobody laughs anymore and everybody has become upset. . . 螞蟻 作的部門現在是一個哀傷的地 方，不再有人會笑，而且大家變得抓 狂…
It was at that time that the cicada convinced the boss , the lion, of the absolute necessity to start a climatic study of the environment. 就是那時蟬說服獅子上司， 強調要開始進行組織氣候 調查的绝對必要性。
Having reviewed the charges for running the ant’s department , the lion found out that the production was much less than before. 在審查了螞蟻的部門運 作費用後，獅子發現生 產力比以前大幅減少。
So he recruited the owl , a prestigious and renowned consultant to carry out an audit and suggest solutions. 所以他招募了貓頭鷹， 一位有名望和顯耀的 顧問來執行稽核 作 並建議解決之道。
The owl spent three months in the department and came up with an enormous report , in several volumes, that concluded : “ The department is overstaffed. . . ” 貓頭鷹在部門待了三個月並且產生了一份有數冊之多 的巨大的報告，結論是：「部門成員人數過多 …」
Guess who the lion fires first? 猜猜獅子首先解雇誰？
The ant , of course, because she “showed lack of motivation and had a negative attitude". 當然，是螞蟻，因為她「顯現出缺乏做事的動機並且態 度 消極 」。
NB: Os personagens desta fábula são fictícios; qualquer semelhança com pessoas ou factos reais é pura coincidência. The characters in this fable are fictitious; any resemblance to real people or facts within the Corporation is pure coincidence… 這個寓言裡的人物是虛擬的 ; 若與公司 內部任何的人物或情事雷同係純屬巧合
Adapted from Portuguese by PR. Obrigado Mário.