Which Wolf are you Feeding? An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life: (Sources – See below)A fight is going on inside me, he said to the boy. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.This same fight is going on inside you – and every other person, too.The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather “Which wolf will win?”The old man replied simply “ The one you feed”.
When I came across this story in a thriller by Michael Robotham, my reaction was immediate. This is a great hook for creating positive thinking and, importantly to our business, a new way to approach an age old concern. Feeding the good wolf - focusing on the right stuff!
The message …
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It is a difficult labour market in South Africa right now, there is a skills shortage, and yet there are millions of people without jobs. Working for a stable company, with people you like, and a job you enjoy is important, and yet there are often those frustrations that give you itchy feet.
In your current position, your manager might really want to keep you, and be very interested in finding out what would make you a happier, more productive, employee. It is also sometimes much easier to have that conversation with somebody you already know, than have it in your first weeks in a new position.
When you know you have choices, as well as know that you …
Feeding the Right Wolf This
Cherokee story resonated with me (see below). Like
many business people, I get caught up in managing details, instead of focusing
on strategy and growth.Measuring myself
against the Good Wolf concept has become a way of thinking for me. Feeding the good wolf - focusing on
the right stuff! In
a previous article on this topic, I commented that the message is simple, the
wolf you feed is the one that grows. The
good wolf attributes in a business are where we ideally should spend our time,
that good old 80 – 20 rule focusing on our engaged employees, improving client experience
and quality of product, to name a few. Creating a
Good Wolf Environment While
we have many different tools – appraisals, customer and employee surveys – to
try and understand the temperature and levels of entropy in our businesses –
the truth is that it is really difficult to explain to people that they are not
seen as feeding the good wolf.Often
the people who offer the most negative input s…