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--an interesting story
courtesy: Imran Khan (aawaz-e-dost)
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. 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. He sat under the tree and soon fell asleep. The tortoise plodding on overtook him and soon inished the race, emerging as the undisputed champ. 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.
This is the version of the story that we've all grown up with. But then recently, someone told me a more interesting version of this story. It continues---
......... The hare was disappointed at losing the race and he did some soul-searching. He realized that he'd lost the race only because he had been overconfident, careless and lax. If he had not taken things for granted, there's no way the tortoise could have beaten him. So he challenged the tortoise to another race. The tortoise agreed. This time, the hare went all out and ran without stopping from start to finish. He won by several miles. The moral of the story? Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady. 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.
It's good to be slow and steady; but it's better to be fast and reliable.
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. He thought for a while, and then challenged the hare to another race, but on a slightly different route. 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. The finishing line was a couple of kilometers on the other side of the river. 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. The moral of the story? First identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core competency. 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. 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.
The story still hasn't ended. 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. So they decided to do the last race again, but to run as a
team this time. 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. 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. 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
There are more lessons to be learnt from this story. 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. 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. Sometimes it is
appropriate to change strategy and try something different. And
sometimes it is appropriate to do both. The hare and the tortoise
Two ounces. Goizueta said Coke needed a larger share of that
market. 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. 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. To sum up, the story of the hare and tortoise teaches us
many things. Chief among them are that fast and consistent will
always beat slow
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