Sunday, August 22, 2010


We may all have heard the story of the Hare and the Tortoise. The moral of the story was “Slow and Steady wins the race”

The hare which was disappointed at losing the race did some thinking. He realised that he had lost the race only because he had been over confident, careless and lazy. Had he not taken things for granted, there is no way that the tortoise could have beaten him. So, he challenged the tortoise for another race. This time, the hare ran without stopping from start to finish and won the race.
The moral of the story now stands modified to “While it is good to be slow and steady, it is better tobe fast and consistent”

It was the turn of the tortoise to do some thinking. The tortoise realized that he could not beat the hare in the race the way it was formatted. He did some thinking and challenged the hare to another race but on a slightly different route. The hare took off and ran at top speed, in keeping with his self commitment until he came to a river. The finish line was a couple of kilometers on the other side of the river. The hare sat wondering what to do. In the meantime, the tortoise reached the river, swam to the opposite bank and finished the race. The moral of the story will now be “First identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core competency”

By this time, the hare and the tortoise became good friends and they did some thinking together. Both realized that they could race for mutual advantage

So, they decided to run the race again, but this time, as a team. Thus, they started off with the hare carrying the tortoise till the river bank. Then, the tortoise took over and swam across the river with the hare on his back. On the opposite side, the hare again carried the tortoise and together, they reached the finishing line. They both felt a great sense of happiness, satisfaction and success. The final moral of the story is – “It is good to be individually motivated and to have skills/core competencies, but, unless you are able to work as a team and harness each others’ core competencies, you will always perform below par”

In short it can be said – working together works.

While all employees in an organization work as a team, harnessing the skills/competencies/potentials of each other to perform is found better.

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