February 2008 e-Newsletter

Learn from Old Warwick

I recently came across a story about fostering the spirit of teamwork that I thought was just great. It is from a book called “Change is Good…You Go First” by Mac Anderson and Tom Feltenstein. This story truly captures how people really feel about working together. Here it is…Enjoy!

A man was lost while driving through the country. As he tried to reach for the map, he accidentally drove off the road into a ditch. Though he wasn’t injured, his car was stuck deep in the mud. So the man walked to a nearby farm to ask for help.

“Warwick can get you out of that ditch,” said the farmer, pointing to an old mule standing in the field. The man looked at the decrepit old mule and looked a the farmer who just stood there repeating, “Yep, old Warwick can do the job.” The figured he had nothing to lose. The two men and the mule made their way back to the ditch. The farmer hitched the mule to the car. With a snap of the reins, he shouted,

“Pull, Fred! Pull, Jack! Pull, Ted! Pull, Warwick!”

And the mule pulled that car right out of the ditch.

The man was amazed. He thanked the farmer, patted the mule, and asked, “Why did you call out all of those names before you called Warwick?”

The farmer grinned and said, “Old Warwick is just about blind. As long as he believes he’s part of a team, he doesn’t mind pulling.”

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