Searching for a book for my recent long haul trip, my wife rather appropriately, suggested The Bhagavad-Gita, a series of Hindu spiritual readings relating to life on earth.
There was one particular story that caught my eye, entitled – The Graduation Test.
The story relates to military training and how each student was tasked with firing a single arrow at the head of a wooden eagle placed on a nearby tree.
The question was asked of each student “Get ready, look at the eagle, and tell me what you are seeing.”
To which they replied “I see the sky, the clouds, the tree trunk, the branches, the leaves and the eagle sitting there”
One student answers “I only see the eagle and nothing else”
When he shot his arrow he landed true and successfully passed his test
The summation of the teaching is that whatever you are doing, put your whole mind on it; if you’re shooting, your mind should be only on the target, then you will never miss.
That’s what we do…… right?…
About Michael Carr
Specialising in Strategy, Systems and Organisational Design
I've had a varied and rewarding career and been fortunate to work for some superb companies such as Courtaulds, Unipart International, Akzo Nobel and more recently Jaguar Landrover, all luminaries of a solid, disciplined and a conservative, though never lacking in innovation, approach to business management and development.
Augmenting my career with studying for my MBA at Warwick in the early 90's has given me a balanced and I believe rich resource set to draw upon in my Consultancy Practice.
My Clients have been good to me, tolerating my idiosyncrasies, giving me enough rope to go along the journey that I was taking them and hopefully in return I've been able to repay them by raising the bar and their business performance, giving them the results and achievements they were looking for.
I really enjoy my work and love the challenge - isn't that what it's all about?
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