The executives went home excited to share the news with their spouses and significant others. The couples went out that night and bought fancy pots, expensive potting soil and special fertilizers. They eagerly planted their seed and every day, they would water their seed and watch to see if it had grown. After about two weeks, some of the executives began to talk about the shoots that were sprouting up from their seed.
One man, Jim, thought he and his wife did everything right but every time he checked his seed, nothing had grown. Four weeks, five weeks, six weeks went by and still nothing grew. By now, others at the office were bragging about the amazing growth of their flowers, shrubs and plants.
Finally, the year passed and all the executives were told to bring their plants to the board room for inspection by the President. Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take his empty pot to work but she insisted he be honest and just tell everyone what happened. Sick to his stomach, Jim knew this was going to be the most embarrassing day in his life, but he also knew it was the right thing to do.
The CEO then asked everyone to take a seat. He then announced, "As I stated last year, I will appoint one of you the next President and CEO of this company today!" With that he said, "Behold your new President and Chief Executive Officer," as he pointed to Jim. Jim could not believe it; the others, all stunned, thought, "How the hell can Jim be the new President of this company? He couldn't even get one seed to grow."