Management lessons from a Baby Giraffe




Management lessons from a Baby Giraffe

BABY giraffes never go to a business school. But they learn a very important management lesson much early in life. A lesson that all of us would do well to remember.

The birth of a baby giraffe is quite an earth-shaking event. The baby falls from its mother's womb, some eight feet above the ground. It shrivels up and lies still, too weak to move.

The mother giraffe lovingly lowers her neck to kiss the baby giraffe. And then something incredible happens. She lifts her long leg and kicks the baby giraffe, sending it flying up in the air and tumbling down on the ground.

As the baby lies curled up, the mother kicks the baby again and again Until the baby giraffe, still trembling and tired, pushes its limbs and for the first time learns to stand on its feet. Happy to see the baby standing on its own feet, the mother giraffe comes over and gives it yet another kick. The baby giraffe falls one more time, but now quickly recovers and stands up.

Mama Giraffe is delighted. She knows that her baby has learnt an important lesson:

Never mind how hard you fall, always remember to pick yourself up and get back on your feet.

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Why does the mother giraffe do this? She knows that lions and leopards love giraffe meat. So unless the baby giraffe quickly learns to stand and run with the pack – it will have no chance of survival.

Most of us though are not quite as lucky as baby giraffes. No one teaches us to stand up every time we fall. When we fail, when we are down, we just give up. No one kicks us out of our comfort zone to remind us that to survive and succeed, we need to learn to get back on our feet.

If you study the lives of successful people though, you will see a recurring pattern. Were they always successful in all they did? No.

Did success come to them quick and easy? No, You will find that the common streak running through their lives is their ability to stand up every time they fall. The ability of the baby giraffe!

The road to success is never an easy one. There are several obstacles, and you are bound to fall sooner or later. You will hit a road block, you will taste failure. But success lies in being able to get up every time you fall. That is a critical life skill. And it is the habit of all successful people.

Good Exercise!

Calories can be burned by the hundreds by engaging in strenuous activities that do not require physical exercise. You could be skinny as a rail if you do all these things:

  1. Beating around the bush – 75 cals
  2. Jumping to conclusions - 100 cals
  3. Climbing the walls - 150 cals
  4. Swallowing your pride - 50 cals
  5. Passing the buck - 25 cals
  6. Throwing your weight around - 50-300 (depending on your weight) cals
  7. Dragging your heels - 100 cals
  8. Pushing your luck - 250 cals
  9. Making mountains out of molehills - 500 cals
  10. Hitting the nail on the head - 50 cals
  11. Wading through paperwork - 300 cals
  12. Bending over backwards - 75 cals
  13. Jumping on the bandwagon - 200 cals
  14. Balancing the books - 25 cals
  15. Running around in circles - 350 cals
  16. Eating crow - 225 cals
  17. Tooting your own horn - 25 cals
  18. Climbing the ladder of success - 750 cals
  19. Pulling out the stops - 75 cals
  20. Adding fuel to the fire --160 cals

Abraham Lincoln's letter to his son's Head


Respected Teacher,

My son will have to learn I know that all men are not just, all men are not true. But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero; that for every selfish politician, there is a dedicated leader. Teach him that for every enemy there is a friend.

It will take time, I know; but teach him, if you can, that a dollar earned is far more valuable than five found.Teach him to learn to lose and also to enjoy winning.

Steer him away from envy, if you can.

Teach him the secret of quite laughter. Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick.

Teach him, if you can, the wonder of books..but also give him quiet time to ponder over the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, and flowers on a green hill –side.

In school teach him it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat.Teach him to be gentle with gentle people and tough with the tough.

Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone is getting on the bandwagon.

Teach him to listen to all men but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth and take only the good that comes through.

Teach him, if you can, how to laugh when he is sad. Teach him there is no shame in tears. Teach him to scoff at cynics and to beware of too much sweetness. Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders; but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul.

Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob… and to stand and fight if he thinks he's right.Treat him gently; but do not cuddle him because only the test of fire makes fine steel.

Let him have the courage to be impatient, let him have the patience to be brave. Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order; but see what you can do. He is such a fine little fellow, my son.{/showhide}april11_6