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1. Good old lessons in teamwork from an age-old fable The
Co-worker And The Teammate
Working Together As A Team
by Elaine Scott
2. Once upon a time two coworkers, Bunnie and Torton had an
argument about who was more productive. Im the fastest worker.
Thats not true. The fastest worker is me!
3. They decided to settle the argument with a little
productivity competition. They agreed on a day and started off the
competition. Ok, lets see whos more productive this week. Well see
who can finish the project first. Fine!
4. Bunnie shot ahead and serviced several customers at one time
for quite some time. Then seeing that she was far ahead of Torton,
she thought she'd sit in the break room everyday and relax before
going back to her desk. Poor guy! Even if I take lunch and slow
down, he could never do the amount of work I have.
5. She sat in that break room and started her lunch and would
close her eyes and fall asleep every day.
6. Well Torton plodding on, he satisfied more customers,
assisted managers with reporting, and finished emerging as the
7. Bunnie was called into the managers office and shown her
productivity report and realized that she had lost the
8. The moral of the story is that working at a slow and steady
pace wins the race. This is the version of the story that we've all
grown up with.
9. The story continues
10. Bunnie was disappointed at losing the competition and she
did some soul-searching. She realized that she'd lost the
competition only because she had been overconfident, careless and
took way too many breaks. If she had not gone against company
policy and had taken things for granted, there's no way that Torton
could have beaten her. Why did I lose the race?
11. So she challenged Torton to another competition. Torton
agreed. Can we have another competition? Ok.
12. This time, Bunnie went all out and worked almost through
lunch. She worked without stopping from start to finish. She won by
13. 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/she 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 .
14. But the story doesn't end here
15. Then Torton did some thinking this time, and realized that
there's no way he can beat the Bunnie in the competition the way it
was currently formatted. How can I can be just as productive as
16. He thought for a while, and then challenged Bunnie to
another competition, but on a slightly different approach. Bunnie
agreed. Sure! Can we try this again? This time well take a
17. They started off. In keeping with her self-made commitment
to be consistently fast missing details along the way, Bunnie took
off and ran at top speed until she was faced with a technical issue
within the project plan. The finishing line was a couple of days
18. Bunnie sat there wondering, what am I going to do? In the
meantime Torton, who had worked in the tech department trundled
along, resolved the technical issue handed in the project,
continued walking and finished the competition. What should I
19. 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 and have needed skills,
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
20. The story still hasn't ended
21. Bunnie and Torton, by this time, had become pretty good
co-workers and they did some thinking together. Both realized that
the last project could have been run much better.
22. So they decided to run the next project as a team this
time. Hi, buddy. How about doing our last race again? Great! I
think we could do it much better, if we two help each other. Hi,
buddy. How about doing the next project together?
23. They started off, and this time Torton would take care of
any technical issues and Bunnie would handle the proof-reading to
get the project completed.
24. There, Torton took over and swam across the conference room
with Bunnie riding along.
25. Then at near completion Bunnie again took care of her
responsibilities to help Torton with his. They reached the
finishing line together. They both felt a greater sense of
satisfaction than they'd felt earlier.
26. 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
27. There are more lessons to be learnt from this story. Note
that neither Bunnie nor the Torton gave up after failures. The
Bunnie decided to work harder and put in more effort after her
failure. The Torton 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.
To sum up, the story of the Torton and Tor-luise teaches us
Never give up when faced with failure
Fast and consistent will always beat slow and steady
Work to your competencies
Compete against the situation, not against a rival.
Pooling resources and working as a team will always beat
29. Lets go and build stronger teams!
Good old lessons in teamwork from an age-old fable The Co-worker And The Teammate • Working Together As A Team by Elaine Scott