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Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

Academic journal article Manager

Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

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As a coach I often use anecdotes, incidents or stories to get particular leadership messages across. Part of the reason for this is that the best stories deliver learnings in a powerful and distinctive way, They engage the imagination and invite reflection. In this sense, stories often resonate with my coachees because they recognise that there is frequently an underlying truth in them that will only come to the surface over time. And the best stories always get remembered.

The narrative below is one you may have come across before. It's especially relevant to managers and leaders because it concerns the important issue of the impact we have on our colleagues and teams. Despite our best intentions, there is often a big gap between the impact we intend to have and the impact that others experience. So how do we narrow this gap? The answer is to be aware of how we appear to the world and how often we employ the better side of our nature. Enjoy.

It was night in the desert and the old Cherokee Indian was sitting around the fire with his granddaughter whom he loved. They would often talk of the great mysteries, as well as the simple things in life, and on this occasion, after some time, the little girl asked a question that was on her mind.

"Grandfather, how is it that some of the time you are so gentle and kind and have time to play and talk to me, but at other times you are so fierce and angry? …

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