Wisdom of Wolves Movie
Teamwork is vital to a team or organization’s ability to reach their goals. In the movie, Wisdom of Wolves, teamwork, patience, communication and loyalty are at the core of the wolf pack’s survival. Each member has a crucial role to play. Watch the movie to see how teamwork is intertwined with the daily life of the wolf.
Respect the elders
Teach the young
Cooperate with the pack
Play when you can
Hunt when you must
Rest in between
Share your affections
Voice your feelings
Leave your mark
Wisdom of Wolves It's a society where teamwork, loyalty and communication are the norm rather than the exception. Sound like utopia? Actually, it's already present in nature - in a wolf pack. The wolf pack knows who it is. Those in the pack exist for each other.
Twyman Towery, Ph.D., a professional speaker and consultant who studied the lessons of leadership in nature, has captured them in a book for Simple Truths called Wisdom of Wolves. Twyman shares the parallels between the wolf Already own this book?
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Today, I'd like to share a chapter from Wisdom of Wolves. Who knew that the key to success might just be patterning your attitude after that of a wolf?
An excerpt from
Wisdom of Wolves
by Twyman Towery The attitude of the wolf can be summed up simply: it is a constant visualization of success. The collective wisdom of wolves has been progressively programmed into their genetic makeup throughout the centuries. Wolves have mastered the technique of focusing their energies toward the activities that will lead to the accomplishment of their goals.
Wolves do not aimlessly run around their intended victims, yipping and yapping. They have a strategic plan and execute it through constant communication. When the moment of truth arrives, each understands his role and understands exactly what the pack expects of him.
The wolf does not depend on luck. The cohesion, teamwork and training of the pack determines whether the pack lives or dies.
There is a silly maxim in some organizations that everyone, to be a valuable member, must aspire to be the leader. This is personified by the misguided CEO who says he only hires people who say they want to take his job. Evidently, this is supposed to ensure that the person has ambition, courage, spunk, honesty, drive - whatever. In reality, it is simply a contrived situation, with the interviewee jumping through the boss's hoops. It sends warnings of competition and one-upmanship throughout the organization rather than signals of cooperation, teamwork and loyalty.
Everyone does not strive to be the leader in the wolf pack. Some are consummate hunters or caregivers or jokesters, but each seems to gravitate to the role he does best. This is not to say there are not challenges to authority, position and status - there are. But each wolf's role begins emerging from playtime as a pup and refines itself through the rest of its years. The wolf's attitude is always based upon the question, "What is best for the pack?" This is in marked contrast to us humans, who will often sabotage our organizations, families or businesses, if we do not get what we want.
Wolves are seldom truly threatened by other animals. By constantly engaging their senses and skills, they are practically unassailable. They are masters of planning for the moment of opportunity to present itself, and when it does, they are ready to act.
Because of training, preparation, planning, communication and a preference for action, the wolf's expectation is always to be victorious. While in actuality this is true only 10 percent of the time or less, the wolf's attitude is always that success will come-and it does.
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"For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack."
What exactly did Kipling mean when he said this? And, what can we...humans, learn from these beautiful creatures of the wild?
Twyman Towery spent many years in research, seeking the answers to this question. And the result is an amazing book that will make you think...what could human organizations accomplish if they lived by these principles?
This book, in my opinion, is a classic and will be around for many years teaching us...leadership lessons from nature. Enjoy this chapter on Loyalty.
Wisdom of Wolves, by Twyman Towery
No other mammal shows more spirited devotion to its family, organization or social group than the wolf. The members of the wolf pack hunt together to insure survival of the group, but they also play, sing, sleep, scuffle and protect each other. A wolf's purpose for existing is to insure the survival of the pack.
A wolf pack is made up of parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, half brothers and half sisters - it is truly an extended family organization. And though generally only the Alpha male and Alpha female produce pups, every member of the pack participates in the nurturing and education of the young. Each pack member assumes responsibility for the food, shelter, training, protection and play where the pups are concerned, for the pack realizes that the young are their future.
The loyalty exhibited between wolves is well known and documented. But a Montana man who has used his summers for years to study wolves in Alaska gave me a different view of wolf loyalty. He told about a couple he knew who lived in an extremely remote area with their two sons in a log cabin they had made by hand. This family also included two wolves they had raised from earliest puppyhood, rescuing them from their den after their mother had been indiscriminately shot and the pups left to die. This was the only family the wolves had ever known, having only lived with humans as their pack mates.
One day the parents were cutting wood about a mile from home when one of the boys accidentally turned over a kerosene lamp (there was no electricity), and a raging fire began to consume the wooden structure. The two wolves immediately dashed toward the flaming cabin where the two boys were trapped inside, immobilized by smoke and fear. The parents were far behind, so the wolves gnawed and fought their way into the cabin and pulled the boys outside to safety. Though both wolves were badly burned, their loyalty to their "pack" meant the difference between life and death for these two members of their "pack."
The Wolf Credo written by Del Goetz truly captures what the wolf is all about:
Respect the elders
Teach the young
Cooperate with the pack.
Play when you can
Hunt when you must
Rest in between.
Share your affections
Voice your feelings
Leave your mark.
© Del Goetz
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Quotations about Wisdom
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. ~Elbert Hubbard
We can be Knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom. ~Michel de Montaigne
Wisdom begins at the end. ~Daniel Webster
Patience is the companion of wisdom. ~St. Augustine
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk. ~Doug Larson
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it. ~David Star Jordan, The Philosophy of Despair
He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty. ~Mary Wilson Little
Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. ~Tom Wilson
How can you be a sage if you're pretty? You can't get your wizard papers without wrinkles. ~Bill Veeck
The years teach much which the days never knew. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I can look Life in the eyes,
Grown calm and very coldly wise,
Life will have given me the Truth,
And taken in exchange - my youth.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. ~Isaac Asimov, Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations, 1988
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. ~Juvenal, Satires
A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top. ~Author Unknown
I believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few right things, and not caring a straw about the rest. ~John Buchan
It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it. ~A.A. Hodge
A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer. ~Author Unknown
A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study. ~Chinese Proverb
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. ~Norman Cousins
He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom. ~James Gibbons Huneker
Wisdom comes by disillusionment. ~George Santayana
Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it. ~Doug Larson
Some folks are wise and some are otherwise. ~Tobias Smollett
Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar. ~William Wordsworth
The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. ~Alfred Lord Tennyson
Wisdom outweighs any wealth. ~Sophocles
If wisdom and diamonds grew on the same tree we could soon tell how much men loved wisdom. ~Lemuel K. Washburn, Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays, 1911
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.. ~William Shakespeare, As You Like It
One must spend time in gathering knowledge to give it out richly. ~Edward C. Steadman
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. ~William James
It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves. ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe. ~Josh Billings
Wisdom is never on the menu, you have to own the restaurant. ~Carrie Latet
There are subjects in which I wish to become knowledgeable, and subjects in which I wish to remain wise. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
The child, offered the mother's breast,
Will not in the beginning grab it;
But soon it clings to it with zest.
And thus at wisdom's copious breasts
You'll drink each day with greater zest.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Every wise man lives in an observatory. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. ~Martin H. Fischer
A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew. ~Herb Caen
There is a wisdom of the head, and... a wisdom of the heart. ~Charles Dickens
Common-sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge
No man was ever wise by chance. ~Seneca
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. ~George Bernard Shaw
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