Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What makes a winning team? DEFENSE!!

And the last night game prove the theory is right, defensive playing will make a team wins. Greece has proved it, Italy had, and now US.

Spain surely has a very strong attacking side, but when it faced a very strong defense, the attackers seems became useless. Plus, their defenders were so fragile, one counter attack will surely pay.

One thing for sure, if you want to play it defensive, you need to have a great mental strength. Being attack all the time, only a team with great mental strength can withstand it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Legend of Hare and Tortoise Continues

This is my own version of this Hare and Tortoise story. In order for you to understand this entry, you must read my previous post first.

By this time, the Hare and Tortoise has become great friends right now, or at least the Tortoise thought so. The Hare started to feel the Tortoise has become insanely annoying day by day. "Crap, this tortoise has become like a leech, sticking to me like 24 7. It just wouldn't leave me alone."

And then one day, the Tortoise came to the Hare's house, just to say hi and what a lovely day it is. The Hare greeted it with smile, but his heart scream like hell. "Okay thats it. I had enough. I'm gonna fuck him in the ass. Fuck him hard like it being rammed by a train."

So the Hare organize a race. Its a friendly race, to strengthen up the male bonding, so the Hare said. The Tortoise agreed without a second thought. "This is great! It will strengthen up our relationship. Not the kind of relationship that you think you dirty minded," the Tortoise thought.

"Tortoise. We will race like the last race we've been racing before. (Uuuhhhh rhyme.) But this time, there will be a surprise."

"Oh really? Really? What is it?" asked the Tortoise, excited.

"(Damn this Tortoise. It wouldn't be a surprise if I told you already, stupid dumbass.) No I wouldn't tell you, but I know, you will love it," the Hare replied politely.

So the race began. Just like the last time, the Hare ran while carrying the Tortoise on his back till the riverbank. There, the Tortoise swim crossing the river with the Hare on his back. Just like the last time.

And then, they arrived at the opposite bank. Suddenly, the Hare kicked the Tortoise and he fell into a big hole nearby. It just happened that the Hare already dug a big hole, big enough to cover the Tortoise before the game started.

The Hare smirked an evil smile. The Tortoise cried in agonizing pain, "Why, Hare, why? Why do you did this to me?"

The Hare replied,"No particular reason mate. I could be a storm, or an earthquake for God sake. If I didn't do it, somebody else will. In fact, if I don't be careful enough, you might did it to me as well."

"What are you thinking? I will never do it to you!"

"Well you can say that, because you are the one in the hole right now, not me. Sorry mate, it just business. You just stay there, I have a race to catch."

And the Hare continued the race. He crossed the finish line, all alone. He smelled the fresh air of victory, "Wow, I never thought it feels this good." And the Hare took the rewards and the chics all for himself, "There's gonna be one hell of a party tonight," he thought.

The moral of the story?

Don't trust anybody with your life! Come on, would you believe the Hare and the Tortoise could work with each other without any suspicious thought? Think again.

This is the capitalist world that we are living in. No matter what you do, the one with the opportunist mind will always succeed.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

The New Story of Hare and Tortoise

I believe some of you might have read this, some might not. Anyhow, I'm posting it up here. Why am I doing this again? Well, I got my reason. :D. Just read God damnit!

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.

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.

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.

The hare woke up and realised that he'd lost the race. The moral of the story is that slow and steady wins the race.

This is the version of the story that we've all grown up with.

But then recently, someone told me a more interesting version of this story. It continues.

The hare was disappointed at losing the race and he did some Defect Prevention (Root Cause Analysis). He realised that he'd lost the race only because he had been overconfident, careless and lax.

If he had not taken things for granted, there's no way the tortoise could have beaten him. So he challenged the tortoise to another race. The tortoise agreed.

This time, the hare went all out and ran without stopping from start to finish. He won by several miles.

The moral of the story

Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady.

If you have two people in your organisation, one slow, methodical and reliable, and the other fast and still reliable at what he does, the fast and reliable chap will consistently climb the organisational ladder faster than the slow, methodical chap.

It's good to be slow and steady; but it's better to be fast and reliable.

But the story doesn't end here. The tortoise did some thinking this time, and realised that there's no way he can beat the hare in a race the way it was currently formatted.

He thought for a while, and then challenged the hare to another race, but on a slightly different route.

The hare agreed. They started off. 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.

The finishing line was a couple of kilometers on the other side of the river.

The hare sat there wondering what to do. In the meantime the tortoise trundled along, got into the river, swam to the opposite bank, continued walking and finished the race.

The moral of the story?

First identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core competency.

In an organisation, if you are a good speaker, 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 advancement.

The story still hasn't ended.

The hare and the tortoise, by this time, had become pretty good friends and they did some thinking together. Both realised that the last race could have been run much better.

So they decided to do the last race again, but to run as a team this time.

They started off, and this time the hare carried the tortoise till the riverbank. There, the tortoise took over and swam across with the hare on his back.

On the opposite bank, the hare again carried the tortoise and they reached the finishing line together. They both felt a greater sense of satisfaction than they'd felt earlier.

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.

There are more lessons to be learnt from this story.

Note that neither the hare nor the tortoise gave up after failures. The hare decided to work harder and put in more effort after his failure.

The tortoise 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.

When Roberto Goizueta took over as CEO of Coca-Cola in the 1980s, he was faced with intense competition from Pepsi that was eating into Coke's growth.

His executives were Pepsi-focussed and intent on increasing market share 0.1 per cent a time.

Goizueta decided to stop competing against Pepsi and instead compete against the situation of 0.1 per cent growth.

He asked his executives what was the average fluid intake of an American per day? The answer was 14 ounces. What was Coke's share of that? Two ounces. Goizueta said Coke needed a larger share of that market.

The competition wasn't Pepsi. It was the water, tea, coffee, milk and fruit juices that went into the remaining 12 ounces. The public should reach for a Coke whenever they felt like drinking something.

To this end, Coke put up vending machines at every street corner. Sales took a quantum jump and Pepsi has never quite caught up since.

To sum up, the story of the hare and tortoise teaches us many things.
Important lessons are:
  • that fast and consistent will always beat slow and steady;
  • work to your competencies;
  • pooling resources and working as a team will always beat individual performers;
  • never give up when faced with failure;
  • and finally, compete against the situation. Not against a rival.