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A very interesting management lesson… Story of 17 camels

17/08/2015

A father left 17 Camels as an Asset for his Three Sons.

When the Father passed away, his sons opened up the will.

The Will of the Father stated that the Eldest son should get Half of 17 Camels, The Middle Son should be given 1/3rd of 17 Camels, Youngest Son should be given 1/9th of the 17 Camels, As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the sons started to fight with each other. So, they decided to go to a wise man.

The wise man listened patiently about the Will. The wise man, after giving this thought, brought one camel of his own & added the same to 17. That increased the total to 18 camels.

Now, he started reading the deceased father’s will.

Half of 18 = 9, So he gave 9 camels to the eldest son.

1/3rd of 18 = 6, So he gave 6 camels to the middle son.

1/9th of 18 = 2, So he gave 2 camels to the youngest son.

Now add this up: 9 + 6 + 2 = 17 & This leaves 1 camel, which the wise man took back.

MORAL: The attitude of negotiation & problem solving is to find the 18th camel i.e. the common ground. Once a person is able to find the common ground, the issue is resolved. It is difficult at times.

However, to reach a solution, the first step is to believe that there is a solution. If we think that there is no solution, we won’t be able to reach any!

If you liked this story, please share with all. You might spark a thought, inspire & possibly change a life forever!

Courtesy: Darshana Shukla

From → Self Help

4 Comments
  1. Yes, the management lecturers, think tanks keep ‘innovating’ such examples to ‘indoctrinate’ new students to serve the rulers as ‘competent’ staff! They resemble creators of jingles, which is used in advertising products!
    Most of the time these lessons are detached from the ground reality; poverty, unemployment and crime which is rampant of our present society!
    In above example, finding solution is appreciable and we need to find solution of not few individuals’ problem but that of our suffering society, of which these few are part!

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    • We can only solve problems of society by start solving problem for individuals, and inspire them solve problems of other individuals!

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  2. patelniks58 permalink

    Reblogged this on Nikunj Patel and commented:

    Nice one…

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    • Thanks🙂

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