There was a frog who was bold enough to ask if two geese would take him south with them. At first they resisted because they didn’t know how they could make it work.
The frog being fairly bright suggested that they take a stick and hold it in their mouths and he would hang towards the middle of the stick by holding on with his mouth. Crazy idea, but the geese thought, “why not?”
So off went the two geese into the air with the frog clinging on to dear life with his mouth. It was an impressive thing to see – the teamwork was amazing!
One bird in passing asked them how they had discovered such a clever way to travel. It was at that moment that the frog opened his mouth and said, “It was MY idea!” as he plummeted to earth.
Flash: When are we going to get past the idea that one person or one thing is the reason for a group’s success? It’s one of the biggest reasons why companies struggle. For any one person on a team to believe that they are more important or better than the rest of the team is clearly wrong.
Moral: Teammates must see the value in every team member’s contribution. Credit isn’t all about a teammate, it’s all about the team and what the team did together. Without each other, there is no together, which means there is no success – at least not great and sustaining success.
None of us is as smart as all of us!!