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Team Work


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Team Work explained with the extension in Hare & Tortoise mythcial story

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Team Work

  1. 1. The Hare and Tortoise – revised… 1
  2. 2. MYTHICAL STORY  Once upon a time a tortoise and a hare had an argument about who was faster. They decided to settle the argument with a race. They agreed on a route and started off the race. 2
  3. 3. MYTHICAL STORY  The hare shot ahead and ran briskly for some time. Then seeing that he was far ahead of the tortoise, he thought he'd sit under a tree for some time and relax before continuing the race. 3
  4. 4. MYTHICAL STORY  He sat under the tree and soon fell asleep. The tortoise plodding on overtook him and soon finished the race, emerging as the undisputed champ. 4
  5. 5. MYTHICAL STORY  The hare woke up and realized that he'd lost the race. The moral of the story is that  slow and steady wins the race. 5
  6. 6. TEAM WORK  This is the version of the story that we've all grown up with, we always were asked to believe this version. 6
  7. 7. The story continues…!  But then recently, someone told me a more interesting version of this story. It continues. 7
  8. 8. TEAM WORK  The hare was disappointed at losing the race and he did some Defect Prevention (Root Cause Analysis). He realized that he'd lost the race only because he had been overconfident, careless and lax. 8
  9. 9. TEAM WORK  If he had not taken things for granted, there's no way the tortoise could have ever beaten him. So he challenged the tortoise to another race. The tortoise agreed. 9
  10. 10. TEAM WORK  This time, the hare went all out and ran without stopping from start to finish. He won by several miles. 10
  11. 11. TEAM WORK   The moral of the story: Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady. 11
  12. 12. TEAM WORK  If you have two people in your organization, one slow, methodical and reliable, and the other fast and still reliable at what he does, the fast and reliable chap will consistently climb the organizational ladder faster than the slow, methodical chap. 12
  13. 13. Do not go away: It is getting better…….!  It's good to be slow and steady; but it's better to be fast and reliable. 13
  14. 14. Do not go away: It is getting better…….!  But the story doesn't end here. The tortoise did some thinking this time, and realized that there's no way he can beat the hare in a race the way it was currently formatted. 14
  15. 15. TEAM WORK  He thought for a while, and then challenged the hare to another race, but on a slightly different route. 15
  16. 16. TEAM WORK  The hare agreed. They started off. In keeping with his self-made commitment to be consistently fast, the hare took off and ran at top speed until he came to a broad river. 16
  17. 17. TEAM WORK  The finishing line was a couple of kilometers on the other side of the river. 17
  18. 18. TEAM WORK  The hare sat there wondering what to do. In the meantime the tortoise trundled along, got into the river, swam to the opposite bank, continued walking and finished the race. 18
  19. 19. TEAM WORK  The moral of the story? First identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core competency. 19
  20. 20. TEAM WORK  In an organization, if you are a good speaker, make sure you create opportunities to give presentations that enable the senior management to notice you. 20
  21. 21. TEAM WORK  If your strength is analysis, make sure you do some sort of research, make a report and send it upstairs. Working to your strengths will not only get you noticed but will also create opportunities for growth and advancement 21
  22. 22. Do not go away: It is getting better…….! The story still hasn't ended. 22
  23. 23. TEAM WORK  The hare and the tortoise, by this time, had become pretty good friends and they did some thinking together. Both realized that the last race could have been run much better. 23
  24. 24. TEAM WORK  So they decided to do the last race again, but to run as a team this time. 24
  25. 25. TEAM WORK  They started off, and this time the hare carried the tortoise till the riverbank. There, the tortoise took over and swam across with the hare on his back. 25
  26. 26. TEAM WORK  On the opposite bank, the hare again carried the tortoise and they reached the finishing line together. They both felt a greater sense of satisfaction than they'd felt earlier. 26
  27. 27. TEAM WORK  The moral of the story? It's good to be individually brilliant and to have strong core competencies; but unless you're able to work in a team and harness each other's core competencies, you'll always perform below par because there will always be situations at which you'll do poorly and someone else does well. 27
  28. 28. TEAM WORK Because 28
  29. 29. TEAM WORK  Teamwork is mainly about situational leadership, letting the person with the relevant core competency for a situation take leadership. 29
  30. 30. And there is still more  There are more lessons to be learnt from this story. 30
  31. 31. TEAM WORK  Note that neither the hare nor the tortoise gave up after failures. The hare decided to work harder and put in more effort after his failure. 31
  32. 32. TEAM WORK  The tortoise changed his strategy because he was already working as hard as he could. In life, when faced with failure, sometimes it is appropriate to work harder and put in more effort. 32
  33. 33. TEAM WORK  Sometimes it is appropriate to change strategy and try something different. And sometimes it is appropriate to do both. 33
  34. 34. TEAM WORK  The hare and the tortoise also learnt another vital lesson. When we stop competing against a rival and instead start competing against the situation, we perform far better. 34
  35. 35. A Real-Life Example  When Roberto Goizueta took over as CEO of CocaCola in the 1980s, he was faced with intense competition from Pepsi that was eating into Coke's growth. 35
  36. 36. A Real-Life Example  His executives were Pepsi-focused and intent on increasing market share 0.1 per cent a time. 36
  37. 37. A Real-Life Example  Goizueta decided to stop competing against Pepsi and instead compete against the situation of 0.1 per cent growth. 37
  38. 38. A Real-Life Example  He asked his executives what was the average fluid intake of an American per day? The answer was 14 ounces. What was Coke's share of that? Two ounces. Goizueta said Coke needed a larger share of that market. 38
  39. 39. A Real-Life Example  The competition wasn't Pepsi. It was the water, tea, coffee, milk and fruit juices that went into the remaining 12 ounces. The public should reach for a Coke whenever they felt like drinking something. 39
  40. 40. A Real-Life Example  To this end, Coke put up vending machines at every street corner. Sales took a quantum jump and Pepsi has never quite caught up since. 40
  41. 41. TEAM WORK  To sum up, the story of the hare and tortoise teaches us many things. Important lessons are: 1. that fast and consistent will always beat slow and steady; 2. work to your competencies; 3. pooling resources and working as a team will always beat individual performers; 4. never give up when faced with failure; 5. and finally, compete against the situation. Not against a rival. 41
  42. 42. TEAM WORK In Short, BE STRATEGIC! In Short, BE STRATEGIC! 42