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Learning from a Penguin – Leave the rock and start to swim

It’s a pity, that this wonderful story by Eckhard von Hirschhausen about a penguin is available in German only. To those who understand German: lucky you – stop reading and watch the video now!

To the rest: a penguin is considered to be a clumsy, stodgy animal when placed on a rock in a zoo. But if it jumps into the water, it becomes one of the most amazing, economic swimmers you can find amongst all animals. It can swim for 2000 km consuming energy equivalent to 1 liter of fuel only. Amazing, isn’t it?

Now think about the value of different personalities. Not everyone is a penguin. There are giraffes and hippos and many more of these awesome characters all around us. There is a tremendous power in diversity and the contribution of people, which can work in an environment, which emphasizes their strengths. So do we really want to continue wasting time on mitigating weaknesses? We could be much better off investing into strengths from the start.

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