A while back, my brother (who happens to be one of the finest leaders I know) reminded me of a story about a farmer who owned an old mule named Warwick.
While trying to help a man pull his car out of a roadside ditch, the farmer told the man, “Yep, old Warwick can do the job,” and proceeded to hitch his mule up to the vehicle.
The farmer spoke up, “Pull, Fred! Pull, Jack! Pull, Bob! Pull, Warwick!” and the old mule pulled the car out of the ditch.
The driver, who was amazed, asked the farmer, “Why did you call out all of those names before you called Warwick?”
The farmer replied, “Old Warwick is going blind and can’t see anything around him anymore. But as long as he believes he is a part of a team, he will pull all day.”
I hope you are linked up with a great team of people and are all pulling in the same direction.
In the Bible, Ecclesiastes 4:9 says, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.”
Pick one of your teammates today and make an effort to encourage him or her. Doing so might help you both get out of a ditch.
In your opinion, who is the greatest team in the world?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.