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Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. W. Amer, Senior HR Consultant, BlueTech Inc.

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New Story of the Hare and Tortoise
Brought to you by: W. Amer, Senior HR Consultant BlueTech Inc. A Global Human Resource and Technology Management Company.

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Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. W. Amer, Senior HR Consultant, BlueTech Inc.)

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.

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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.

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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.

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Amer.) The hare woke up and realized that he'd lost the race. Senior HR Consultant. BlueTech Inc. The moral of the story is that slow and steady wins the race. W.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. 2002/12/20 5 .

But then recently. It continues. Senior HR Consultant.) This is the version of the story that we've all grown up with. Amer.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. 2002/12/20 6 . W. someone told me a more interesting version of this story. BlueTech Inc.

Amer. 2002/12/20 7 .Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From.) The hare was disappointed at losing the race and he did some Defect Prevention (Root Cause Analysis). BlueTech Inc. careless and lax. Senior HR Consultant. W. He realized that he'd lost the race only because he had been overconfident.

The tortoise agreed.) If he had not taken things for granted. W. 2002/12/20 8 . there's no way the tortoise could have beaten him. So he challenged the tortoise to another race. Amer. Senior HR Consultant.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. BlueTech Inc.

2002/12/20 9 . the hare went all out and ran without stopping from start to finish. He won by several miles. W. BlueTech Inc. Amer. Senior HR Consultant.) This time.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From.

Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. 2002/12/20 10 .) The moral of the story? Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady. Senior HR Consultant. Amer. W. BlueTech Inc.

one slow. methodical and reliable.) If you have two people in your organisation. the fast and reliable chap will consistently climb the organisational ladder faster than the slow. Amer. Senior HR Consultant. methodical chap. BlueTech Inc. 2002/12/20 11 .Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. and the other fast and still reliable at what he does. W.

BlueTech Inc.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. but it's better to be fast and reliable. 2002/12/20 12 . W. Senior HR Consultant.) It's good to be slow and steady. Amer.

W. Senior HR Consultant. Amer. The tortoise did some thinking this time.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. and realised that there's no way he can beat the hare in a race the way it was currently formatted. BlueTech Inc. 2002/12/20 13 .) But the story doesn't end here.

but on a slightly different route. Amer.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. W. Senior HR Consultant. and then challenged the hare to another race. 2002/12/20 14 .) He thought for a while. BlueTech Inc.

Amer. Senior HR Consultant. 2002/12/20 15 . They started off.) The hare agreed. BlueTech Inc. W. 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.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From.

BlueTech Inc.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. Senior HR Consultant.) The finishing line was a couple of kilometers on the other side of the river. W. Amer. 2002/12/20 16 .

continued walking and finished the race. In the meantime the tortoise trundled along.) The hare sat there wondering what to do. swam to the opposite bank. BlueTech Inc. Senior HR Consultant. got into the river. W. Amer.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. 2002/12/20 17 .

Senior HR Consultant. BlueTech Inc. 2002/12/20 18 .Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. W. Amer.) The moral of the story? First identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core competency.

) In an organisation. make sure you create opportunities to give presentations that enable the senior management to notice you.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. Amer. BlueTech Inc. Senior HR Consultant. 2002/12/20 19 . W. if you are a good speaker.

BlueTech Inc. make sure you do some sort of research. W. Working to your strengths will not only get you noticed but will also create opportunities for growth and advancement. Senior HR Consultant.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From.) If your strength is analysis. make a report and send it upstairs. 2002/12/20 20 . Amer.

2002/12/20 21 .) The story still hasn't ended. BlueTech Inc. W. Senior HR Consultant.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. Amer.

) The hare and the tortoise. Amer. by this time. Senior HR Consultant. W. Both realised that the last race could have been run much better.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. 2002/12/20 22 . had become pretty good friends and they did some thinking together. BlueTech Inc.

Amer.) So they decided to do the last race again. BlueTech Inc. but to run as a team this time. Senior HR Consultant. W.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. 2002/12/20 23 .

the tortoise took over and swam across with the hare on his back. BlueTech Inc. There. Senior HR Consultant.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. W. 2002/12/20 24 . and this time the hare carried the tortoise till the riverbank. Amer.) They started off.

Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. Amer. 2002/12/20 25 .) On the opposite bank. the hare again carried the tortoise and they reached the finishing line together. BlueTech Inc. They both felt a greater sense of satisfaction than they'd felt earlier. Senior HR Consultant. W.

W. Senior HR Consultant. Amer.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. but unless you're able to work in a team and harness each other's core competencies.) The moral of the story? It's good to be individually brilliant and to have strong core competencies. 2002/12/20 26 . BlueTech Inc. you'll always perform below par because there will always be situations at which you'll do poorly and someone else does well.

BlueTech Inc.) Teamwork is mainly about situational leadership. Senior HR Consultant.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. Amer. 2002/12/20 27 . letting the person with the relevant core competency for a situation take leadership. W.

Amer.) There are more lessons to be learnt from this story. Senior HR Consultant. W. 2002/12/20 28 . BlueTech Inc.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From.

Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. Senior HR Consultant.) Note that neither the hare nor the tortoise gave up after failures. Amer. W. The hare decided to work harder and put in more effort after his failure. BlueTech Inc. 2002/12/20 29 .

) The tortoise changed his strategy because he was already working as hard as he could. In life. when faced with failure. Amer. BlueTech Inc. sometimes it is appropriate to work harder and put in more effort.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. 2002/12/20 30 . Senior HR Consultant. W.

And sometimes it is appropriate to do both. BlueTech Inc. Amer. 2002/12/20 31 .Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. Senior HR Consultant. W.) Sometimes it is appropriate to change strategy and try something different.

Senior HR Consultant. 2002/12/20 32 .Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. Amer. When we stop competing against a rival and instead start competing against the situation. we perform far better.) The hare and the tortoise also learnt another vital lesson. BlueTech Inc. W.

W. BlueTech Inc.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. Senior HR Consultant. he was faced with intense competition from Pepsi that was eating into Coke's growth. 2002/12/20 33 .) When Roberto Goizueta took over as CEO of Coca-Cola in the 1980s. Amer.

2002/12/20 34 . BlueTech Inc.1 per cent a time. Amer. W.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From.) His executives were Pepsi-focussed and intent on increasing market share 0. Senior HR Consultant.

2002/12/20 35 . Amer.1 per cent growth. W.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From.) Goizueta decided to stop competing against Pepsi and instead compete against the situation of 0. Senior HR Consultant. BlueTech Inc.

W. Amer.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. Goizueta said Coke needed a larger share of that market. BlueTech Inc. What was Coke's share of that? Two ounces. Senior HR Consultant. 2002/12/20 36 .) He asked his executives what was the average fluid intake of an American per day? The answer was 14 ounces.

milk and fruit juices that went into the remaining 12 ounces.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. Senior HR Consultant. It was the water. W. tea.) The competition wasn't Pepsi. BlueTech Inc. coffee. The public should reach for a Coke whenever they felt like drinking something. Amer. 2002/12/20 37 .

2002/12/20 38 . W. Senior HR Consultant.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. Coke put up vending machines at every street corner.) To this end. BlueTech Inc. Sales took a quantum jump and Pepsi has never quite caught up since. Amer.

Important lessons are:  that fast and consistent will always beat slow and steady.  work to your competencies. the story of the hare and tortoise teaches us many things.) To sum up. 2002/12/20 39 .  pooling resources and working as a team will always beat individual performers. W. Senior HR Consultant. Not against a rival.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From. compete against the situation.  never give up when faced with failure. Amer.  and finally. BlueTech Inc.

Amer. BlueTech Inc. Senior HR Consultant.) BE STRATEGIC! 2002/12/20 40 . W.Intelligent Process Management for Increased Productivity (From.

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