Helping others is an effective way of training oneself

Once upon a time, the employees of a company
underwent training. The trainer gave different tasks to
different employees. The employees eagerly started to work
on their tasks.

The trainer observed that one elderly employee was
having trouble doing her task. Some of the other employees
who had completed their tasks, were chatting among
themselves. The trainer asked them to help the elderly
employee. They tried various ways of doing the task of the
elderly employee, but failed to do it correctly. Then the
trainer helped the elderly lady, while explaining to the
employees that helping others, also helped them to learn.

Thereafter, the trainer gave several tasks and asked the
employees, to seek or provide help to each other, as
required. Almost all the employees needed some help in
doing their respective tasks. They sought the help of their
colleagues, who willingly provided their help. In such a
manner, they successfully completed all the tasks. By helping
each other, the employees not only successfully
accomplished their respective tasks, but they also
successfully gained knowledge from each other.

Excerpt from the book “Once Upon A Time: 100 Management Stories” by Rajen Jani

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