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Teamwork Lessons from “Old Warwick”

by Matt on October 12, 2009

Warwick“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to obtain uncommon results.”

-Successories® Print

Who do you have on your “team” in life? I know that I would be a mess without certain people: my wife, my family, my coworkers, just to name a few. Of course I need them for practical, everyday things: I would not be able to maintain a website without the expert advice from the technical department, as much as I would not be able to maintain a household without my wife. But, I also need them for emotional support. When I have a bad day or I feel frustrated with how things are going, they are there to pull me out of the slump.  When I feel good and life is going my way, they are there to celebrate with me. Today, I would like to share a fun story from Change is Good… You Go First about the power of teamwork. I hope you enjoy it:

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 into 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 a field. The man looked at the decrepit old mule and looked at the farmer who just stood there repeating, “Yep, old Warwick can do the job.” the man 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 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.”

Think of those people with whom you are most effective. I mean the people that, when you work together, you accomplish more than you would have if both of you had worked alone. Take some time to tell us about them, and, most importantly, take some time to thank them for what they help you do in life.

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Daniel Bowman December 26, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Good site… =)

I’m looking for info on how much more a team of mules can pull together than what they can pull individually. I also heard a long time ago that if they are given a day of rest, they will work harder/longer/more effectively than if they are worked 7 days/week. Do you have any info on this that you could share with me?

Thanks!

Daniel

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