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Story: Hare and Tortise with many Morals

This is an age old fable of the tortoise and hare race. Everyone knows who won the race or do you? Well, recently I heard a new version of this story with a new twist. Read this inspirational teamwork story with lessons in teamwork from an age old fable.

1. 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. The tortoise and hare both 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 finished 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.


2. But then recently, someone told me a more interesting version of this tortoise and hare 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.

3. 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. The tortoise and hare 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.

4. The tortoise and hare, 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 the tortoise and hare 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. Both the tortoise and hare 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 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.


Teamwork is mainly about situational leadership, letting the person with the relevant core competency for a situation take leadership.

There are more lessons to be learnt from this inspirational teamwork story.

Note that neither the tortoise nor hare 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 tortoise and hare also learnt another vital lesson in teamwork. When we stop competing against a rival and instead start competing against the situation, we perform far better.


When Roberto Goizueta took over as CEO of Coca-Cola in the 1980s, he was faced with intense competition from Pepsi that was eating into Coke's growth. His executives were Pepsi-focused and intent on increasing market share 0.1 per cent a time.
Goizueta decided to stop competing against Pepsi and instead compete against the situation of 0.1 per cent growth.

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. 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 and steady; work to your competencies; pooling resources and working as a team will always beat individual performers; never give up when faced with failure; and finally, compete against the situation, not against a rival.


Seven Tips to Improve Self Esteem

Seven Tips to Improve Self Esteem


1. Love Yourself
Love and accept yourself just as you are, without conditions attached. It does not matter where you are born, what is your family background, what is your financial status, what is the colour of your skin, what looks you have etc. etc. What matters is first do you Love and accept yourself – before others do. When you indulge yourself in your love you improve the way you feel about yourself. You improve your Self Esteem.


2. Work on your Strengths
There is no one who has no strengths. Everyone is good at something, know what your good at and give yourself a pat on the back. Do things that bring this quality out into the open. Exercise it, make it stronger.


3. Learn to Accept Compliments
It’s hard to accept a compliment and not to dismiss it as being ridiculous. Someone has an opinion and it should be respected, even if you do not agree with it. If people think good about you then maybe you should too.



4. Share and Help others
The more you share the more you grow. Nothing makes you feel a warm glow than when you unselfishly help others. Just do a good deed, help someone out, doesn’t have to be big and it doesn’t have to cost any money.



5. Keep away from Negative friends
Hang out with people who are positive and support you. It may be fun to bitch and moan but if you hang out with these types of people you will eventually become one of them. You may have noticed that people who bitch and moan are never happy.


6. Think Positive
Thoughts are Things. Take a positive view on everything. Think Positive, Feel Positive and achieve Positive results. Affirm positive words and phrases everyday to your self.



7. Stop Comparing yourself with others
Don’t start comparing your self to other people. Saying you are poor compared to others is just going to make you miserable. If you look at how you were yesterday and how you are today and there is an improvement then that is great. If there is no improvement then you know you need to improve your efforts.


Take Action Now:
This article will be a waste of time if you do not take any action, Now. The only person who can change you is you. Reading this post will not change you unless you get emotionally involved with the information and make a decision to change.

Twelve Empowering Questions to Ask Yourself Everyday

Dear Friends,

In this current global scenario where people are talking of crisis, financial instability and economic downfall, how can we change our situation? How do we empower ourselves from the negative thoughts and conditioning which goes on continously inside us. The solutions is within us, we need to bring it out.

Take a paper and pencil and make a list of answers of the following 12 empowering questions which will help you to turn around your situation.

EMPOWERING QUESTIONS (Challenge yourself)
  1. How can I take immediate Control of my Life?
  1. How can I change my current personal & professional situation & position to better?
  1. What can I do today to change my future?
  1. How can I expand, Learn and Grow?
  1. What can I do today to make a difference in my and others life?
  1. How can I increase my knowledge and skills?
  1. How can I shape my future and destiny?
  1. What will it cost me if I do not change my limiting belief now?
  1. What belief do I need believe to succeed now?
  1. Who are the people I see are already successful ? What makes them successful?
  1. What will I have to believe to feel happy and better?
  1. What Results am I Committed to achieve?
Trust this will give you some new insights and vision to look forward in life and make changes that will be empowering. Looking forward to your views and further questions?

SWOT Analysis: A Lesson to Remember

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Shabbar Suterwala.

Here is an interesting lesson for all us to Learn as well as start implementing in our life, a powerful tool to improve ourself and whatever we want to improve. Take some time off to read this or maybe take a hard copy of this and read it at leisure time or rather I would say quality time to get more insights about this exercise. Its works out wonderfully if you do it in a group and exchange notes. Wish you a great learning experience.

SWOT Analysis: A Lesson to remember.

SWOT Analysis is an effective method of identifying your Strengths and Weaknesses, and to examine the Opportunities and Threats you face. Often carrying out an analysis using the SWOT framework will be enough to reveal changes which can be usefully made.

SWOT analysis is a tool for auditing an organization and its environment. It is the first stage of planning and helps marketers to focus on key issues. Once key issues have been identified, they feed into marketing objectives. It is a very popular tool with marketing students because it is quick and easy to learn.

SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Strengths and weaknesses are internal factors. For example, a strength could be your specialist marketing expertise. A weakness could be the lack of a new product. Opportunities and threats are external factors. For example, an opportunity could be a developing market such as the Internet. A threat could be a new competitor in your home market. During the SWOT exercise, list factors in the relevant boxes. It's that simple.

To carry out a SWOT Analysis write down answers to the following questions:

Strengths:
What are your advantages?
What do you do well?
Consider this from your own point of view and from the point of view of the people you deal with. Don't be modest, be realistic. If you are having any difficulty with this, try writing down a list of your characteristics. Some of these will hopefully be strengths!

Weaknesses:
What could be improved?
What is done badly?
What should be avoided?
Again this should be considered from an internal and external basis - do other people perceive weaknesses that you don't see? Do your competitors do any better? It is best to be realistic now, and face any unpleasant truths as soon as possible.

Opportunities:
Where are the good chances facing you?
What are the interesting trends?
Useful opportunities can come from such things as:
Changes in technology and markets on both a broad and narrow scale
Changes in government policy related to your field
Changes in social patterns, population profiles, lifestyle changes, etc.
Local Events

Threats:
What obstacles do you face?
What is your competition doing?
Are the required specifications for your job, products or services changing?
Is changing technology threatening your position?
Do you have a bad-debt or cash-flow problems?

Carrying out this analysis is will often be illuminating - both in terms of pointing out what needs to be done, and in putting problems into perspective.

A word of caution, SWOT analysis can be very subjective. At time two people rarely come-up with the same final version of SWOT.

Now, you have become knowlegable about SWOT, it’s high time now you take a pencil and paper and carry out SWOT about yourself, your Organization and its Products/Services, your Family or practical whatever you are concerned about and want to improve. This is one of the very powerful tool to do so.

“Knowing is Knowing and Doing is Doing, Knowing and Doing are two different things”

With Best Regards
Shabbar Suterwala
Corporate Soft Skills Trainer

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Success Vocabulary from A to Z for Leaders

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Shabbar Suterwala.

Here is a Success Vocabulary (A to Z) for Leaders.
Short - Simple and Effective Leaders Tips to practice.
Take a Printout of this and do the SWOT exercise that follows after the list.

Action oriented
Belief in self
Committed
Enthusiastic
Faithful
Goal oriented
Happy
Inspiring
Judicious
Knowledgeable
Loving
Motivated
Nonconformative
Obedience
Persistent
Qualitative
Responsible
Thankful
Unique
Visionary
Wise
Xcellence
Zealous

Whether you are a Leader or Leader in the making or even if you do not know what is a Leader and know nothing about Leadership... it does not matter, what you still need to do is make this vocabulary as your checklist.

Take a Print out the Success Vocabulary A to Z for Leaders and every morning just look at the list and ask a simple question to yourself...?

What am I Good at ...? (This is your Strength)
What am I going to focus on ..? (Identify your Weakness)
What am I going to apply today...? (Becomes your Opportunity)
What do I need to Improve at the end of today....? (Becomes your Threat)

Do this SWOT with (A to Z) everyday and you have entered into the Hall of Fame of Leadership... remember “Leaders are Not Born”

"The greatest aim of Education is not Knowledge but ACTION"

Please do share your feedback on the same.

Thanks and Regards

Shabbar Suterwala

TIPS: SWOT Analysis: A Lesson to remember

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Shabbar Suterwala.

Here is an interesting lesson for all us to Learn as well as start implementing in our life, a powerful tool to improve ourself and whatever we want to improve. Take some time off to read this or maybe take a hard copy of this and read it at leisure time or rather I would say quality time to get more insights about this exercise. Its works out wonderfully if you do it in a group and exchange notes. Wish you a great learning experience.

SWOT Analysis: A Lesson to remember.

SWOT Analysis is an effective method of identifying your Strengths and Weaknesses, and to examine the Opportunities and Threats you face. Often carrying out an analysis using the SWOT framework will be enough to reveal changes which can be usefully made.

SWOT analysis is a tool for auditing an organization and its environment. It is the first stage of planning and helps marketers to focus on key issues. Once key issues have been identified, they feed into marketing objectives. It is a very popular tool with marketing students because it is quick and easy to learn.
SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Strengths and weaknesses are internal factors. For example, a strength could be your specialist marketing expertise. A weakness could be the lack of a new product. Opportunities and threats are external factors. For example, an opportunity could be a developing market such as the Internet. A threat could be a new competitor in your home market. During the SWOT exercise, list factors in the relevant boxes. It's that simple.

To carry out a SWOT Analysis write down answers to the following questions:

Strengths:
What are your advantages?
What do you do well?
Consider this from your own point of view and from the point of view of the people you deal with. Don't be modest, be realistic. If you are having any difficulty with this, try writing down a list of your characteristics. Some of these will hopefully be strengths!

Weaknesses:
What could be improved?
What is done badly?
What should be avoided?
Again this should be considered from an internal and external basis - do other people perceive weaknesses that you don't see? Do your competitors do any better? It is best to be realistic now, and face any unpleasant truths as soon as possible.

Opportunities:
Where are the good chances facing you?
What are the interesting trends?
Useful opportunities can come from such things as:
Changes in technology and markets on both a broad and narrow scale
Changes in government policy related to your field
Changes in social patterns, population profiles, lifestyle changes, etc.
Local Events

Threats:
What obstacles do you face?
What is your competition doing?
Are the required specifications for your job, products or services changing?
Is changing technology threatening your position?
Do you have bad debt or cash-flow problems?

Carrying out this analysis is will often be illuminating - both in terms of pointing out what needs to be done, and in putting problems into perspective.

A word of caution, SWOT analysis can be very subjective. At time two people rarely come-up with the same final version of SWOT.

TOWS analysis is extermely similar. It simply looks at the negative factors first in order to turn them into positive factors. So use it as guide and not a prescription. Adding and weighting criteria to each factor increase validity, but that's another aspect of it.

Now, you have become knowlegable about SWOT, it’s high time now you take a pencil and paper and carry out SWOT about yourself, your Organization and its Products/Services, your Family or practical whatever you are concerned about and want to improve. This is one of the very powerful tool to do so.

“Knowing is Knowing and Doing is Doing, Knowing and Doing are two different things”

With Best Regards
Shabbar Suterwala
Corporate Soft Skills Trainer


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