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I purely agree to this.
The smarter you try to be, the more the expectations and at the end of the day one sees himself in a pit dug by none other than he himself!
I wanna share here.
When I was in mumbai working in an Event mgt firm. I was quite excited to prove my capability since I was working in a so called professional organization.
Although my role was client servicing bringing corporate accounts, I was good in making PPT presentations. I would help another colleague of mine who was a level junior to mine since he dint know anything in PPT.
Everyone wud come to me asking for help...
Suddenly I one day realised, that this junior colleague of mine wud nicely give me Excel files/PPT very sweetly and then himself relax and show off!
Even i wud be busy doing double work helping out my colleagues and even taking blames coz i had helped them.
That was the day i realised better to perform just your own tasks as best you can within the given time frame and abilities and not stretch yourself too much that you end up losing.
Thats true its more important to work smarter than harder!
Very good story.
But, why did Donkey A took more load? I do not find a reason in the story? Is it for appreciation from the washerman or more feed from him or for what? Just for the sake of carrying more load? Or, for humiliating the donkey-B? The story does not tell anything on the reason or motive of donkey-A.
This is a good one and is very relevant to me since I have some projects coming up which includes “teamwork” as a topic as well.
As posted by Nisha when working in a team some may have the capability of manipulating and getting the work done through others and claiming the applause as well. But when working in an organization the teams have to be formed in a way where these should be avoided.
When recruiting employees who have to work as a team for a specialized task some recruiters conduct Psychometric tests to recruit employees who will fit in to form a healthy “Group”. A person with manipulative behaviour can also be included if the team consists of another member who knows how to use that particular manipulative skill to the whole team advantage. A person with aggressive behaviour could be included if another member has the quality of knowing how to use that for the teams advantage as well. There should be planners, members who have the ability to put that plan in to action, who have the ability to work towards the end, people who work with logic and people with facts etc.
It is sort of like all these different personalities are pieces of a puzzle. And if all these personalities can be fitted perfectly……….well it’s a perfect team.
There are loads of Psychometric Tests on line to find out what personality you are when it comes to team work.
What I suggested was when we work as a team and understand each other we get to know how exactly each individual skill could be used as an advantage for the group outcome. Maybe the manipulative skill can be used to gain an outside resource or input which may be needed to complete the task. It is how the group helps each other see and use the positive side of each individual’s talent.
Goose Story - Stand by each other
When you see geese flying along in "V" formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone - and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are headed the same way we are.
When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
What messages do we give when we honk from behind? Finally - and this is important - when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.