Like an egg transforms into a beautiful butterfly, the aim of this blog is to help bring about a change for the better in the lives of those who read these posts. A lot of the posts are presented by Mrs. Sangeeta Hegde; simple stories from which she draws out a moral. I also post uplifting stories from various other sources.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
THE SQUARE WATERMELON - A Management Lesson
Japanese grocery stores had a problem!
They are much smaller than shops in the USA and
therefore don't have room to waste. Watermelons, big and
round, wasted a lot of space.
Most farmers would simply tell the grocery stores
that watermelons grow round and there is nothing that can be done about
That is how majority of people would respond.
some Japanese farmers took a different approach. If the supermarkets
wanted a square watermelon, they asked themselves, 'How can we provide
one?' It wasn't long before they invented the square watermelon.
The farmers did not assume it was impossible - they simply
asked how it could be done.
They found that if you place the watermelons in a
square box when they are growing, they will take on the shape
of the box - and grow into square fruits.
This made the grocery stores happy and had the added
benefit that it was much easier and cost effective to ship the
Consumers also loved them because they took less
space in their refrigerators which are much smaller than those in the US
meaning that the growers could charge a premium price for them.
DOES THIS MESSAGE HAVE ANYTHING TO DO IN LIFE?
The major problem was that most people had always
seen round watermelons so they automatically assumed that square
watermelons were impossible before even thinking about the question..
Things that you have been doing a certain way your entire life have taken
on the aura of the round watermelon and you likely don't even take the
time to consider if there is another way to do it.
Breaking yourself from
assuming this way can greatly improve your overall life as you are
constantly looking for new and better ways to do things.
The best way to tackle these assumptions is to
question your habits. If you can make an effort to question the way you
do things on a consistent basis, you will find that you can continually
improve the way that you work. Forming habits when they have been well
thought out is usually a positive thing, but most of us have adopted our
habits from various people and places without even thinking about them.
When faced with a problem, be creative in looking for
a solution. This often requires thinking outside the box. Most people who
viewed this question likely thought they were being asked how they could
genetically alter water melons to grow square which would be a much more
difficult process to accomplish. By looking at the question from an
alternative perspective, however, the solution was quite simple. Being
creative and looking at things in different ways in all portions of your
live will help you find solutions to many problems where others can't see
LOOK FOR A BETTER WAY :
The square watermelon question was simply seeking a
better and more convenient way to do something. The stores had flagged a
problem they were having and asked if a solution was possible. It's
impossible to find a better way if you are never asking the question in
the first place. Get into the habit of asking yourself, 'Is there a
better way I could be doing this?' and you will find there often is.
IMPOSSIBILITIES JUST DON'T EXIST:
If you begin with the notion that something is
impossible, then it obviously will be for you. If, on the other hand, you
decide to see if something is possible or not, you will find out through
trial and error.
Take away the lessons from the square watermelons and
apply them to all areas in your life (work, finances, relationships, etc)
and you will find that by consistently applying them, you will constantly
be improving all aspects of your life.
I AM SURE WE CAN BRING ABOUT CHANGE IF WE REALLY WANT
TO.YOU ARE WHAT YOU BELIEVE; BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.