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Management Tips From Famouse Hare & Tortoise Story July 15, 2008

Filed under: Better Living Fundas,Moral Stories — myaoo @ 6:14 pm
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All of us know about the race between the tortoise and the hair. The moral of the story was: Slow and Steady Wins the Race.

But the story continued… 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 overconfident. So, he challenged the tortoise to another race. The tortoise agreed. This time, the hare ran without stopping, from start to finish. He won the race by several meters.

The Moral of the story is changed – “Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady.”

BUT the story did not end there. The tortoise did some thinking this time, and realized that there is no way he can beat the hare in a race the way it was formatted. He thought for a while, and then challenged the hare to another race, but on a slightly difference route. The hare agreed. They started off. The hare took off and ran at top speed until he came to broad river. The finishing line was 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 and finished the race.

The Moral of the story changed yet again – “First identify your core competency and then choose the playing field.” Working to your strengths will not only get you noticed, but will also create opportunities for growth and advancement.

BUT, The story still did not end… The hare and tortoise, by this time, had become pretty good friends and they dd some thinking together. Both realized that the last race could have been run much better. So they decided to do the 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 river bank. There the tortoise took over and swam across with the hare on his back. They reached the finishing line together. They both felt a greater sense of satisfaction than they had felt earlier.

Finally, the moral of the story was – It is good to be individually brilliant and to have strong core competencies; but unless you are able to work in a team and harness each other’s core competencies, you will always perform below par because there will always be situations at which you will do poorly and someone else does well.

To sum up, the changing story of the hare and tortoise teaches us many things –

  1. Never give up when faced with failure.
  2. The fast and consistent will always beat slow and steady.
  3. Work to your competencies.
  4. Compete against the situation, not against a rival.
  5. Pooling resources and working as a team will always beat individual performers.
 

Story – King And The Prisoner… July 10, 2008

Filed under: Moral Stories — myaoo @ 6:52 pm
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There was once a king who was wise and kind, He used to visit various parts of his country. Sometimes he changed his dress and moved like an ordinary citizen meeting people of different professions to find out their views.

One day he tool time to visit the prison where a number of convicts where a number of convicts were imprisoned. He reached a cell where four convicts were imprisoned. In a casual way he questioned one by one as to the reason for their conviction and punishment. The first three prisoners pleaded innocence and complained that the soldiers had unlawfully caught them even though they had not committed any crime. None of them expressed regret for their crimes.

The kind smiled at the false explanations of the three convicts and then turned to the fourth one. He questioned him about his crime and the reason for his conviction. The prisoner with folded hands and eyes filled with tears replied “Oh, I do not want to plead innocence . In my fit of anger, I had beaten my sick wife with iron-rod. her sickness became serious resulting in her untimely death. though I repented later, I do not deserve any sympathy for the serious crime I have committed”. Uttering these words he covered his tearful face with his palms and turned back.

The king was thoughtful about the answers given by the first three and the last one. After a little while he called the minister and said: “These three pleaded innocence, whereas the fourth one confessed his crime. It is not safe for these three innocent people to say in the company of a criminal. Therefor release the criminal and make him free so that these three innocent persons will be safe in prison”. The minister smiled and nodded his head appreciating the wise action of the king in releasing an honest prisoner.

MORAL – Repentance washes away the guilt.