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She knew, instinctively, what, at time, I did not. That *mother* has to do this to stimulate said apparatus to work.
The box stayed on floor and dog didn't leave side of it for next three days and nights together. If someone within so much as hiccuped, she was there, snouting around to check on her newly adopted charges.
She stopped short of attempting to breast-feed. Oh, kittens tried, but Holly yelped as those needle sharp teeth impaled on tender flesh! I therefore got job of shoving milk in one end with a syringe at two hourly intervals. I wiped little hands and faces with a damp cloth, then held each kitten up for Holly to take care of other ends.
It was like a factory production line! And it was truly magnificent to watch, be a part of and to learn from.
Do you see what I am getting at?
Those kittens obviously could not have survived without food. But they also would not have survived without dog's attentions. Neither task was more, nor less important than other. Neither of us was competing, we simply HAD to work together to get job done. The result is lives of those three tiny, helpless mites who are now growing up to be very fine and strong young cats.
(OK, a little confused about their identities. How many cats do you know who come when their *mother* barks? :-)
It has also done masses to cement relationship between me and dog. The responsibility she took on has changed her personality entirely from self-centred to co-operative and caring, but I think I learned more than anyone.
Teamwork is not always about competition and scoring points. It's not about bosses and subordinates, there should be harmony, although there may well be leaders. It's not about *what's in it for me*, nor even you.
It's about what can be achieved together that's bigger than itself and goes out beyond itself, yet still brings back much more in terms of repayment and satisfaction.
Apply these principles to your business, team and client relationships, to your joint ventures, to your reciprocal linking strategy, to your viral marketing ... and watch your results add up to way beyond sum of parts.
"The universe operates through dynamic exchange ... giving and receiving are different aspects of flow of energy in universe. And our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep abundance of universe circulating in our lives." ------Deepak Chopra
Pamela Heywood is a former accountant and journalist, with a career spanning over 20 years and two countries. Publishing successfully online since 1999, she was recently interviewed by Top UK Broadcaster, Peter Twist, for "Internet Success Interviews". http://www.roibot.com/w.cgi?IM8301_int For daily expert advice in making your small business a SUCCESS, subscribe here: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org