by Ueli Gerber, Gerber & Partner
Both wake up in the morning in Africa and know: If they want to survive, they have to run today!
The gazelle runs all day long to escape the lion - and the lion runs all day long to catch the gazelle so that it does not starve.
So, it doesn't matter if you are a lion or a gazelle, as soon as the sun rises you have to run.
The lion was in a coaching session with me and learned a lot about behaviour. Among other things, he now knows that it is not important to run diligently all day long, but to run at the right time and at the right place. So, he acquired the knowledge that the gazelles come to the waterhole twice a day, once at dawn and once at dusk to drink. At this point they are distracted while drinking and the lion has the best chance of catching its prey. That's why he waits for his victims at the waterhole in the morning and evening.
What the lion doesn't know, however, is that the gazelles were also in a coaching with me and learned that the lion waits for them in the morning and evening consequently they always drink at noon...
The conclusion of the story is: It's not about running it's about building up knowledge and using it.
Ueli Gerber helps companies develop agile organizations, build leadership and sales skills, and implement effective talent management practices.