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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

THE STRENGTH OF THE PACK

We in coaching have all read, heard and shared the first two verses of Law of the Jungle from Rudyard Kiplings' "The Jungle Book":
 
Now this is the Law of the Jungle --
as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper,
but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk
the Law runneth forward and back --
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf,
and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

I've always loved this passage because it speaks so much to the value of team.  This morning I got the following passage from my dear friend Joe Carvalhido which puts even more value on being a part of the pack:

"A wolf pack: the first 3 are the old or sick, they give the pace to the entire pack. If it was the other way round, they would be left behind, losing contact with the pack. In case of an ambush they would be sacrificed. Then come 5 strong ones, the front line. In the center are the rest of the pack members, then the 5 strongest following. Last is alone, the alpha. He controls everything from the rear. In that position he can see everything, decide the direction. He sees all of the pack. The pack moves according to the elders pace and help each other, watch each other."


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