Secret of Success

A young man asked Socrates the secret of Success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met.

Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river.

When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water. The man struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until he started turning blue.

The young man struggled hard and finally managed to get out and the first thing he did was to gasp and take deep breath. Socrates asked ‘What you wanted the most when you were there?’ The man replied ‘Air’.

Socrates said ‘that’s the most secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted air, you will get it. There is no other secret’.


Case # 1 : When NASA began the launch of astronauts into space, they found out that the pens would not work at zero gravity (ink will not flow down to the writing surface).

Solution # 1 : To solve this problem, it took them one decade and $12 million. They developed a pen that worked at zero gravity, upside down, underwater, in practically any surface including crystal and in a temperature range from below freezing to over 300 degrees C.

Solution # 2 : And what did the Russians do…?? They used a pencil.

Case # 2 : One of the most memorable case studies on Japanese management was the case of the empty soapbox, which happened in one of Japan ‘s biggest cosmetics companies. The company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a soapbox that was empty.

Immediately the authorities isolated the problem to the assembly Line, which transported all the packaged boxes of soap to the delivery department. For some reason, one soapbox went through the assembly line empty.

Management asked its engineers to solve the problem.

Solution # 1 : Post-haste, the engineers worked hard to devise an X-ray machine with high-resolution monitors manned by two people to watch all the soapboxes that passed through the line to make sure they were not empty. No doubt, they worked hard and they worked fast but they spent a whoopee amount to do so.

Solution # 2 : But when a rank-and-file employee in a small company was posed with the same problem, he did not get into complications of X-rays, etc., but instead came out with another solution.

He bought a strong industrial electric fan and pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the fan on, and as each soapbox passed the fan, it simply blew the empty boxes out of the line.

· Always look for simple solutions.
· Devise the simplest possible solution that solves the problems.
· Always focus on solutions & not on problems

Team Building WGBP

Setelah melakukan pengunduran jadwal sampai beberapa kali, pada akhirnya WGBP, salah satu mitra OXFAM GB di Aceh-Nias melaksanakan kegiatan Team Building bagi anggota komite kreatif, koordinator, lembaga penjamin dan staf-staf WGBP. Kegiatan berlangsung empat hari, akhir November 2008, di Gapang, Pulau Weh… atau dikenal sebagai Sabang.

Kegiatan dimulai dengan berbagai permainan outbound dan tes-tes psikologis. Dari hasil tes-tes dan berbagai permainan menampak bahwa bahan-bahan dasar bagi tim tidak muncul dan menampak kuatnya ‘individualisme’ dari masing-masing komponen.

Untuk itu penelaahan masalah dilakukan dengan mengkaji barier-barier psikologis dengan pelacakan mind map. Dalam pelacakan ini ditemukan bahwa akar masalah ada pada semua komponen yang ingin mengedepankan diri sendiri ketimbang semangan kelompok dan kebersamaan. Dan pada saat yang sama tidak ada ‘roh’ kepemimpinan yang dapat memimpin arus tidak menentu ini. Ini memunculkan pertanyaan mendasar mengenai apa yang bisa dilakukan bersama untuk mengantisipasinya.

Kegiatan berakhir dengan membuat rencana bersama dan pribadi mengenai apa yang bisa ‘aku’ lakukan bagi WGBP. Dan fasilitator/trainer yang merupakan seorang psikolog profesional memberikan advis-advis.

Terima kasih kepada Fattah Hidayat, M.Psych. dah Ustad Fachrurozi yang memberi kekuatan tim ini.