A little boy is resting under a tree, and he noticed there is a fruit on top of him. He stands up and wanted to reach the fruit, but the fruit is too high above. And he starts to jump, trying his best to reach the fruit but again the fruit is too high above.
An old man walked by and saw the little boy jumping around to reach the fruit, he then walks near to the little boy and tries to encourage him to reach his goal.
He said something like:
“Little boy tries harder you can do it.”
“Stay focus, Yes you can do it.”
“Never give up, I know you can do it.”
The old man keeps encouraging the little boy with all kind of motivation phases but did not offer to help or provide a method to guide the little boy. Needless to say, the little boy gave up trying after many failed attempts and turned to the old man and said: “Thanks for the encouragement but the fruit is really too high for me.”
Moral of the story:
Motivation is good, it helps people to stay on course and stay focus. But a motivation without some proper guidance is just a waste of time. Many time team members need guidance from their leader on how to do something. The old man could have guided the little boy to use a long stick (tools) to reach the fruit or guided him on how to climb a tree (skills), instead he just purely motivate him.
You may argue the little boy should have considered another method of reaching the fruit after a few unsuccessful attempts, but I would argue that should the little boy have known of any other methods his would have done so. Many times we need guidance and ideas from the leader we followed.
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