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The argument between the belly and the body parts and what it means to diversity

Does the belly pull its weight?
Does the belly pull its weight?
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One day several vital organs within a human body got together to discuss the contributions of the belly under the suspicion that the belly was not properly contributing to the work as a whole. The brain, arms, legs, eyes, feet, hands, lungs and kidneys had different reasons for being resentful of the amount of work being done by the belly. To them the belly seemed lazy and did little more than consume food while the other parts did the work.

"We have decided that we will no longer do what we need to do in order to feed you," they said to the belly, "Because you do nothing to help us, and you are lazy and unproductive."

The mouth and throat stopped sending food and the lungs stop sending oxygen to the belly. Soon the belly starved - and so to, did the rest of the body.

There is obvious application of this Aesop fable when discussing teamwork. Clearly every member of the team will resent any team member that does not pull their weight.

More discreetly, this table also has a tremendous impact on diversity. Click here to find out what it is.

Adapted from Aesop’s fables for the contemporary business world by Max Impact and used by permission. To read more 21st Century Business Fables, click here.

©2014 Max Impact, used with permission.

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