October 1, 2015

Ubuntu, Your Belly, The Beatles and More…


Ubuntu – A Lesson From The Children

By Morven

“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu- the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.” – Desmond Tutu [2008]. Read more to find out what one anthropologist studying the habits and customs of an African tribe found when he was surrounded by children.

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Aesop on Teamwork

Aesop’s Fables: The belly and the members

One day the various parts (Aesop says ‘members’) of the human body, including the brain, arms, legs, eyes, feet, hands, lungs, etc., got together to discuss the body’s belly and what they thought about its contribution to the group efforts on behalf of the body. 

The body parts were all unhappy and resentful for various reasons, and chose to target their collective anxieties at the belly, in a rather bullying way. The unhappy body parts decided that the belly was not doing enough towards maintaining the body’s operations, and accused the belly of spending its time lazily consuming food and allowing other members to do all the work.

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How Committed are Your Team Members?

“Individual commitment to a group effort- that is what makes a team work, a company work,       a society work, a civilization work.”

Vince Lombardi 

Watch this animation to see Power of Teamwork in action!

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Inspiration Comes From Unusual Places

Teamwork and The Beatles? How did Steve Jobs make the connection?

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