Once upon a time in a jungle lived 2 good friends – the monkey and the elephant. One day an unusual quarrel broke between the two about who was better. While the elephant advocated it was better to be strong, the monkey was adamant that being fast and agile was better.
Unable to resolve the matter, they headed to the wise owl and posed the same question to him. The owl promised to answer to the question provided these two undertook a challenge.
Far away across the river, there was a tall tree and a golden fruit hung from it. It was next to impossible to get the fruit from that tall and that huge a tree. But the owl would answer the question only once he had the fruit.
So the monkey and the elephant set out on their journey to bring the fruit to the wise owl. When the monkey reached at the banks of the river, he realized that the river was too deep for him and the currents too strong. The elephant saw his friend and asked the monkey to climb on his back and together they crossed the river. When they reached the tree, the elephant tried to fell the tree. But the tree was huge and wouldn’t budge. So the monkey climbed up the tree, plucked the fruit. He climbed down, sat on elephant’s back and they reached the wise owl.
The owl then asked, “Of the two of you, who brings this fruit to me? ” The monkey said he did because he plucked the fruit from the tree and the elephant said he did because he helped the monkey get onto the other side of the river.
The wise owl at this point stopped the argument and said, “Each one of you have your abilities and strengths. While one is not superior than the other, individually they are not very effective. But collectively as a team, you have achieved the impossible. All because you used your strength at the right time to do the right thing.”
Moral: When you work together in a team, you achieve much more than you could have done alone.
The difference between success and failure is a great team!