Six Blind Men & Elephant (John Godfrey Saxe)

The technique of sharing a story is to ask if the coachee would like to hear a story. Then tell the story and ask the coachee what it meant to him. Do not interpret the story for him. Ask him how this would relate to his present situation and what can he learn from it. If the coachee does not see the point, you may share other angles of looking at it after that and invite him to comment on that.

Coaching Situations:

  •  Coachee who only see his side of the story.
  •  Coachee who always argues with his colleagues.
  •  Coachee who need to appreciate others opinions.
  It was six men of Indostan;To learning much inclined,  
  Who went to see the Elephant; (Though all of them were blind),  
  That each by observation; Might satisfy his mind  
  The First approached the Elephant; And happening to fall  
  Against his broad and sturdy side; At once began to bawl:  
  "God bless me! but the Elephant is very like a wall!"  
  The Second, feeling of the tusk; Cried, Ho! what have we here  
  So very round and smooth and sharp? ;To me 'tis mighty clear  
  This wonder of an Elephant is very like a spear!"  
  The Third approached the animal; And happening to take  
  The squirming trunk within his hands; Thus boldly up and spake:  
  "I see," quoth he, "the Elephant Is very like a snake!"  
  The Fourth reached out an eager hand; And felt about the knee.  
  "What most this wondrous beast is like; Is mighty plain," quoth he;  
  " 'Tis clear enough the Elephant is very like a tree!"  
  The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear; Said: "E'en the blindest man  
  Can tell what this resembles most; Deny the fact who can  
  "This marvel of an Elephant is very like a fan!"  
  The Sixth no sooner had begun; About the beast to grope,  
  Than, seizing on the swinging tail; That fell within his scope,  
  "I see," quoth he, "the Elephant is very like a rope!"  
  And so these men of Indostan; Disputed loud and long,  
  Each in his own opinion; Exceeding stiff and strong,  
  Though each was partly in the right,  
  And all were in the wrong!  


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