Maybe against an average or lazy hare he does. But not against a high performance one.
I’m not trashing Aesop’s fable with this post. It’s a great story. Meaningful to most individuals and meaningful in most situations. But not in high performance situations with high performance individuals.
The moral of the story is that slow and steady wins the race. Good, consistent, nose to the grindstone (translate: hard work) wins the day. Taken further it implies that life, and business for that matter, is a marathon. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Life, and business, is a series of sprints. High performance individuals and teams know this and act accordingly. Sprint, recover, sprint, recover, sprint, recover. And one of the most important parts is the recovery and learning time. Should be sprint, recover, learn, and adjust, sprint, recover, learn, and adjust, sprint, recover, learn, and adjust.
In Aesop’s fable the tortoise beats the hare, a lazy good for nothing braggart of a hare. But a high performance hare. I doubt it.
At this Friday’s Leadership Lunch and Learn, we’ll be reviewing and discussing an important book, The Power of Full Engagment, by Jim Loehr. It explains the dynamics of high performance and how to apply them to the sprints you face in life.