kavitabgood and very touching stories ,ofcourse very useful in the training sessions to drive to a point and explain clearly and empahasise the point.
From India, Hyderabad
nashbramhallDear Mubarak, it's always prudent give sources of stroies posted. this will help avoid being accused of plagirising other's material.
For example this story was posted in August 2006 at www.motivateus.com/stories/your-biggest-strength.htm
and in 2000 at Story: Weakness or Strength ?
The Chicken and Eagle story was at trending123.com -
Here you find a different but equally inspiring version.
<link no longer exists - removed>
Lot more stories here WELCOME TO BANK OF I.D.E.A.S <link updated to site home> ( Search On Cite | Search On Google )
Yoga Fables and More - The Gold Scales
If you search the Web you fwill find lot more.
Have a nice day.
Sometimes your biggest weakness can become your biggest strength.
Take, for example, the story of one 10-year-old boy who decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. The boy began lessons with an old
From United Kingdom
Attached some stories compiled from different sections of this site itself
Focus on solutions not on problems
When NASA began the launch of astronauts into space, they found out that
the pens wouldn't work at zero gravity (Ink won't flow down to the writing
surface). In order to solve this problem, it took them one decade and $12
million. They developed a pen that worked at zero gravity, upside down,
underwater, in practically any surface including crystal and in a temperature range from below freezing to over 300 degrees C.
And what did the Russians do?
They used a Pencil!
One of the most memorable case studies I came across on Japanese
management was the case of the empty soap box, which happened in one of
Japan's biggest cosmetics companies. The company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a soap box that was empty. Immediately the authorities isolated the problem to the assembly line, which transported all the packaged boxes of soap to the delivery department.
For some reason, one soap box went through the assembly line empty.
Management asked its engineers to solve the problem. Post-haste, the
engineers worked hard to devise an X-ray machine with high-resolution
monitors manned by two people to watch all the soap boxes that passed
through the line to make sure they were not empty. No doubt, they worked
hard and they worked fast but they spent whoopee amount to do so.
But when a rank-and-file employee in a small company was posed with the
same problem, did not get into complications of X-rays, etc but instead
came out with another solution. He bought a strong industrial electric fan and
pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the fan on, and as each soap
box passed the fan, it simply blew the empty boxes out of the line.
Many years ago in a small Indian village, a farmer had the misfortune of
owing a large sum of money to a village moneylender.
The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer's beautiful
daughter. So he proposed a bargain.
He said he would forgo the farmer's debt if he could marry his daughter.
Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. So the
cunning money-lender suggested that they let providence decide the matter.
He told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an
empty money bag.
Then the girl would have to pick one pebble from the bag.
1) If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her
father's debt would be forgiven.
2) If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father's
debt would still be forgiven.
3) But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into
They were standing o! n a pebble strewn path in the farmer's field. As they
talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them
up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and
put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick a pebble from the bag.
Now, imagine that you were standing in the field.
What would you have done if you were the girl?
If you had to advise her, what would you have told her?
Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:
1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.
2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and
expose the money-lender as a cheat.
3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to
save her father from his debt and imprisonment.
Take a moment to ponder over the story. The above story is used with the
hope that it will make us appreciate the difference between lateral and
logical thinking. The girl's dilemma cannot be solved with traditional
logical thinking. Think of the consequences if she chooses the above logical
What would you recommend to the Girl to do?
Well, here is what she did ....
The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without
looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where
it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.
"Oh, how clumsy of me," she said. "But never mind, if you look into the bag
for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked."
Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked
the white one. And since the money-lender dared not admit his dishonesty,
the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely
MORAL OF THE STORY:
Most complex problems do have a solution. It ! is only that we don't attempt to think.
Japanese thinking - another example:
The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have
not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing
boats got bigger and went farther than ever.
The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the
return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did
not like the taste.
To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They
would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go
farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference
between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish. The frozen fish
brought a lower price.
So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff
them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped
moving. They were tired and dull, but alive.
Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish
did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese preferred
the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish.
So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get
fresh-tasting fish to Japan?
To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the
fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a
few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are
As soon as you reach your goals, such as finding a wonderful mate, starting a
successful company, paying off your debts or whatever, you might lose your
passion. You don't need to work so hard so you relax.
Like the Japanese fish problem, the best solution is simple. It was observed by
L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1950's.
"Man thrives, oddly enough, only in the presence of a challenging
The Benefits of a Challenge
The more intelligent, persistent and competent you are, the more you enjoy a
good problem. If your challenges are the correct size, and if you are steadily
conquering those challenges, you are happy. You think of your challenges and get
energized. You are excited to try new solutions. You have fun. You are alive!
Instead of avoiding challenges, jump into them. Beat the heck out of them. Enjoy
If your challenges are too large or too numerous, do not give up. Failing makes
you tired. Instead, reorganize. Find more determination, more knowledge, more
Don't create success and lie in it. You have resources, skills and abilities to
make a difference.
Put a shark in your tank and see how far you can
From India, Mumbai
gayathribalsiWishing Good reading
From India, Madras
The best way to prepare is to follow PPR model, i.e. Prepare, Present and Re-inforce. To make it simpler, first get ur PPTs, Projecter, training room and required staionery ready according to the set plan of action. Start the class with a good attention grabber which shold be related to the topic of the training. Do not let the trainees only look at the slides or the board. A good trainer must not write long statements on to the slides (PPT). Explain more and do not speak upon one topic more than 20 minutes. Get some fun/learning activities prepared to keep ur class alieve. To make the class more learner centric, engourage demos and ensure their participation.
I hope this would help u in a good way. All the best!!!
From India, New Delhi
Amruta RajputDear All
Plz. find the below story,let me know your feedback
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer- contractor of his plans to leave the house- building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.
When the carpenter finished his work the employer came to inspect the house. He handed the front-door key to the carpenter.
This is your house, he said, my gift to you.
The carpenter was shocked! What a shame!
If he had only known he was building his own, he would have done it all so differently.
We do the most of the things having such thoughts in our mind. But we only realize when it comes back to us.
So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building. Then with a shock we realize we have to live in the house that we have built. If we could do it over, we'd do it much differently. But we cannot go back.
You are the carpenter. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Life is a do-it-yourself project, someone has said. Your attitudes and the choices you make today, build the house you live in tomorrow. Buildwisely!
From India, Pune
anupreetk1Hi, Sorry for a delayed reply have these stories. Hope they are helpful. Regards Anupreet
Im working as a trainer in retail industry. I would be very grateful if you all could help me in these below mentioned ppt or activities related to these topics.
Please guide me ....
Customer Service PPT and Activities)
Behavioral Skills (Active Listening and Team Work) (PPT and Activities)
Business of Retail (PPT and Activities) and Grooming (only activities)
From India, Delhi
In addition to the story, you should give the source of the story too; this will avoid being accused of plagiarising. Recently, a UK medical Consultant was dismissed and barred from practising for plagirising passages from another author in his book.
I found the story at The Carpenter's Story <link updated to site home> ( Search On Cite | Search On Google )
Have a nice day.
From United Kingdom
Have you tried to find material by searching the we by using Google search engine, before posting your query?
I am sure you can find a lot by spending a few mins. Here is one
found at customer service + ppt - Google Search
Have a nice day.
From United Kingdom