Teamwork from a different viewPresentation Transcript
TEAMWORK Ergys SELA
Good old lessons in Teamwork from an age-old fable The Tortoise And The Rabbit
They decided to settle theargument with a race.They agreed on a routeand started off the race. Fine! Ok, let’s have a race.
The rabbit shot ahead and ran brisklyfor some time. Then seeing that he wasfar ahead of the tortoise, he thoughthed sit under a tree for some time andrelax before continuing the race. Poor guy! Even if I take a nap, he could not catch up with me.
He sat under the tree and soon fellasleep.
The tortoise plodding on, overtookhim and soon finished the race,emerging as the undisputedchampion.
The hare woke up and realized that hedlost the race.
The moral of the story is that slow and steadywins the race.This is the version of the story that weve allgrown up with.
The story continues …
The rabbit wasdisappointed at losing therace and he did some soul-searching. He realized that Why didhed lost the race only I losebecause he had been theoverconfident, careless and race?lax. If he had not takenthings for granted, theresno way the tortoise couldhave beaten him.
So he challenged thetortoise to another race.The tortoise agreed. Ok. Can we have another race?
This time, the rabbit went allout and ran without stoppingfrom start to finish. He won byseveral miles.
The moral of the story?Fast and consistent will always beat the slow andsteady. If you have two people in your organization,one slow, methodical and reliable, and the other fastand still reliable at what he does, the fast and reliableguy will consistently climb the organizational ladderfaster than the slow, methodical guy.Its good to be slow and steady; but its better to befast and reliable!!
But the story doesnt end here …
The tortoise did some thinking thistime, and realized that theres noway he can beat the rabbit in arace the way it was currentlyformatted. How can I can win the hare?
He thought for a while,and then challengedthe hare to another Can we have anotherrace, but on a slightly race? This time we’ll godifferent route. through a different route.The rabbit agreed. Sure!
They started off. In keeping withhis self-made commitment to beconsistently fast, the rabbit tookoff and ran at top speed until hecame to a broad river. Thefinishing line was a couple ofkilometers on the other side of the Goalriver.
The rabbit sat there wonderingwhat to do. In the meantime thetortoise trundled along, got intothe river, swam to the oppositebank, continued walking andfinished the race. What should I do?
The moral of the story?First identify your core competency and then change theplaying field to suit your core competency.In an organization, if you are a good speaker, make sure youcreate opportunities to give presentations that enable the seniormanagement to notice you.If your strength is analysis, make sure you do some sort ofresearch, make a report and send it upstairs.Working to your strengths will not only get you noticed, but willalso create opportunities for growth and advancement.
The story still hasnt ended …
The rabbit and the tortoise, bythis time, had become prettygood friends and they did somethinking together. Both realizedthat the last race could havebeen run much better.
So they decided to do thelast race again, but to run Great! I think weas a team this time. could do it much better, if we two help each other. Hi, buddy. How about doing our last race again?
They started off, and this time thehare carried the tortoise till theriverbank.
There, the tortoise took over andswam across with the hare on hisback.
On the opposite bank, the hareagain carried the tortoise andthey reached the finishing linetogether. They both felt a greatersense of satisfaction than theydfelt earlier.TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More
The moral of the story?Its good to be individually brilliant and to havestrong core competencies; but unless youre able towork in a team and harness each others corecompetencies, youll always perform below parbecause there will always be situations at whichyoull do poorly and someone else does well.Teamwork means situational leadership, letting theperson with the relevant core competency for asituation take leadership.
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. (Henry Ford)
The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it. H.E. Luccock
None of us is as smart as all of us.
Teachers call it copying ..we call it teamwork!