Monday, November 30, 2009


Good lesson in Teamwork from an age-old fable

The Tortoise and The Hare

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 a some time.
Then seeing that he was far ahead of the tortoise, he tought he would sit under a tree for some time and relax before continuing with the race.
He sat under the tree and soon fell asleep.

The tortoise plodding on overtook him and soon finished the race, emerging as the undisputed champion.

The hare woke up and realized that he had 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 have all grown up with.

The story continues . . .

The hare was disappointed at losing the race and he did some soul-searching. He realized that he had lost the race only because he had been over confident, careless and lax. If he had not taken things for granted, there is 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 the reliable chap will consistently climb the organizational ladder faster than the slow, methodical chap.

It is good to be slow and steady; but it is better to be fast and reliable.

But the story doesn't end here . . .

to be continued . . .

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