Friday, March 18, 2011

Story of the eagle...

The eagle has the longest life-span of   its’ species…It can live up to 70 years
But to reach this age, the eagle must  make a hard decision
In its’ 40’s………….Its’ long and flexible talons can no  longer grab prey which serves as food
Its’ long and sharp beak becomes bent…….Its’ old-aged and heavy wings, due to  their thick feathers, become stuck to  its’ chest and make it difficult to fly
Then, the eagle is left with only two options:
die or go through a painful process of change……………which lasts 150 days.
The process requires that the eagle fly
to a mountain top and sit on its’ nest
There the eagle knocks its’ beak  against a rock until it plucks it out…..
After plucking it out, the eagle will wait    for a new beak to grow back
and then it  will pluck out its’ talons
When its’ new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its’ old-aged feathers
And after five months, the eagle takes its’ famous flight of rebirth and lives for

30 more years
Why is change needed?
Many times, in order to survive we have to start a change process.
We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past  traditions.
Only freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the present….
“Never let you ego get so close to your position that
when your position goes, your ego goes with it.”

* Too often, change is stifled by people who cling to familiar turfs
and job descriptions. One reason that even large organizations
wither is that managers won’t challenge old, comfortable ways of
doing things.
* Real leaders understand that, nowadays, every one of our jobs is
becoming obsolete. The proper response is to obsolete our
activities before someone else does.
* Effective leaders create a climate where people’s worth is
determined by their willingness to learn new skills and grab new
responsibilities, thus perpetually reinventing their jobs. The
most important question in performance evaluation becomes not,
“How well did you perform your job since the last time we met?”
but, “How much did you change it?”