“Let us agree that he is the stronger who can strip that Traveler of his cloak,” said the Sun.
“Very well,” growled the North Wind, and at once sent a cold, howling blast against the Traveler.
With the first gust of wind, the ends of the cloak whipped about the Traveler’s body. But instead of the cloak flying off, he immediately wrapped it closely around him. The harder the Wind blew, the tighter he held it to him. The North Wind tore angrily at the cloak, but all his efforts were in vain.
Then the Sun began to shine. At first his beams were gentle, and in the pleasant warmth after the bitter cold of the North Wind, the Traveler unfastened his cloak and let it hang loosely from his shoulders. The Sun’s rays grew warmer and warmer. The man took off his cap and mopped his brow. At last he became so heated that he pulled off his cloak, and to escape the blazing sunshine, threw himself down in the welcome shade of a tree by the roadside.”
This Aesop’s Fable can teach us a simple lesson on how we choose to interact with people in the workplace and in our daily lives. How do we carry out our daily interactions with people? In most cases, pleasantness and gentle persuasion is far more effective than being forceful and blusterous. People tend to respond positively when they are directed with kindness and respect.
How can you guide the people on your team using the wise tactics of the sun?
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