Recently I had the pleasure of providing a training session for 27 H&R Block managers for Eastern New York.  During the session I suggested they use storytelling as one way to motivate their teams.  Here is a great example everyone can use:

“The Rebellion Against the Stomach,” Rewritten by Terrie Gifford

(As adapted from The Book of Virtues, William Bennett)


One day a few body parts decided to take the stomach to task for not working as hard as the rest of the others.  The brain complained it had to think of how to obtain food for the stomach. The hands complained they had to toil all day to get money to buy food and then make it for the stomach. The feet complained they had to support the body doing all those jobs for the stomach.  The mouth complained it had to do all the chewing for the stomach.  They decided to go on strike.

Several days later all the body parts were very weak.  Eventually the brain declared it might be wrong.  It occurred to them the stomach may have been working on its own all along.  “It’s true,” the body parts agreed, “the stomach has been benefiting from getting the food from us, but he’s been sending most of it right back to us as fuel for our labors.”

Moral of the story:  Either we all work together, or nothing works at all.

Be sure to appreciate the “stomach” on your team.