A list of useful or entertaining allegories about work.
The Chicken and the Pig
If a chicken and pig open up breakfast restaurant called Ham ‘N Eggs, the pig is totally committed but the chicken is merely involved.
The Gervaise Principle
The workplace consists of The Clueless, The Sociopaths, and The Losers.
Barrels and Ammunition
Employees are either barrels or ammunition. Ammunition employees do what they’re told, get things done, etc. Barrels lead, innovate, take projects from inception to completion. The number of distinct projects a company can take on is bounded by the number of barrels.