Monday, February 1, 2010

Learning The Lesson...Tackling Trees

I attended a great customer service seminar which my job calls "Professional Learning" and this could not have come at better time. Throughout my career I have attended quite a few of these and hardly any of them have been worth my 4+ hours of time. This one was pleasantly different, especially because the presenter had a great mix of music on his playlist during the breaks :-)

There was just the right amount of entertainment, laughter and education to keep the entire group interested, engaged and learning. It also helped that the presenter was easy on the eyes (Hey, I'm a single woman, give me a break. Even the married women noticed). Now if they retain any of the information is another story.

Part of his presentation that really stuck out to me was about dealing with trees. He started off with this quote:

Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must move faster than the lion or it will not survive.
Every morning a lion wakes up
and it knows it must move faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve.
It doesn't matter if you are the lion or the gazelle,
when the sun comes up, you better be moving. - Maurice Greene

He then showed us this video clip and asked how many of us feel like this every day. I immediately raised my hand and everyone at my table agreed and laughed.

Moral of the story - you never know what 'trees' the other person is dealing with. Always try to remember the other person is dealing with their own trees when you have your daily interactions.

Peace & Blessings...


  1. How awesome. This was a blessing.

  2. The gazelle got knocked the eff out!! Thats a great quote from Maurice Greene (I take it that that's the same Maurice Green as the sprinter).

    Gotta watch out for those trees!! Have a great day KayC.

  3. Pretty humorous video, and the underlying sentiment being shared. I like the quote as well.

  4. Point taken...ouch! This is something I definitely relate to.

  5. lmbo.. well the video wouldn't work for me but i used my imagination... the quote along reminded me why i have to focus on my race and not that of anyone else...i just need to outdo the slowest gazelle if i am a gazelle and be friends with the fastest lion if i am a lion...

    definitely food for thought..

  6. QueenBee,
    Glad I could help.

    That is exactly what I said when I first saw it. Not sure if that Maurice is the sprinter but I think so. Thanks!

    Thanks, The quote is what caught our attention. Then we immediately asked to see the video again, LOL!

    I think everyone can relate - we all did :) Gotta run fast but also watch where you're going!

    You can google "Gazelle runs into tree video" and it will pop right up. It's pretty popular on the web.