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#1 rizal


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Posted 28 November 2002 - 10:41 AM

Mesej ni penting untuk renungan kita dalam hidup berkerja ni.
Panjang tapi worth reading .
Management Lesson from an age-old tale

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. 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 finished the
race, emerging as the undisputed champ. The hare woke up and realised
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 a more interesting version of
this story. It continues............

The hare was disappointed at losing the race and he did some
soul-searching. He realised 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 organisation, 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 organisational 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 realised 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 kilometres 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 organisation, 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 hare and the tortoise, by this time, had become pretty good
friends and they did some thinking together. Both realised 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 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 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 also learnt another vital lesson. 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-focussed 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

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.

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Posted 29 November 2002 - 09:18 AM

mak..oiiiii. panjangnya...tak larat den nak baco.... smile.gif

#3 Guest_azlan07_*

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Posted 29 November 2002 - 03:05 PM

Sang Kancil says (in a jovial mood):

Why must we bother to race with either the hare or the tortoise in the first place?

In the modern time we have so many ways to reach at our destination (eg by bus, train, plane, internet etc.).

Moral of the story:

Speed and distance is no longer a problem in modern living. What differentiate human is the attitude (eg: to fully utilise opportunities, equipments, facilities etc)

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Posted 23 December 2002 - 07:33 AM


Hehehe...make sense!

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