学习啦【英语散文】 编辑：韦彦 发布时间：2016-09-19
The Dove And The Ant
An ant was drinking at a river. Suddenly he slipped, and fell into the water.
Seeing this, a dove threw a small branch into the river. The ant seized the bough, and swam back to the shore.
A few days later, the ant saw a hunter aiming a gun at the dove. He bit the man in foot sharply. The man missed the shot, and the dove's life was saved.
The dove felt very grateful. She made good friends with the ant.
Do not like you, then help you fail
Most people who fail for lack of social skills talk of "office politics" doing them in, but the politics may be nothing more than normal interactions among people. If you have trouble with office politics, you may really be having trouble dealing with people.
You may get along on brilliance alone for a while, but most careers involve other people. You can have great academic intelligence and still lack social intelligence---the ability to be a good listener, to be sensitive toward others, to give and take criticism well. People with high social intelligence admit their mistakes, take their share of blame and move on. They know how to build team support.
If people don't like you, they may help you fail. One day at an airport, a traveler observed a well-dressed businessman yelling at a poster about the porter's handling of his luggage. The more abusive the businessman became, the calmer the porter seemed. After the businessman left, the traveler complimented the porter on his restraint. "oh, that's nothing," he said, smiling. "you know ,that man's going to Miami, but his bags-- they're going to kalamazoo." coworkers--even subordinates-- if poorly treated, can do you in.
On the other hand, you can get away with serious mistakes if you are socially intelligent. This is why many mediocre executives survive violent corporate upheavals. Sensitive in their dealing with others, they are well liked; when they make mistakes, their supporters usually help them recover. A mistake may actually further their careers if the boss thinks they handle the situation in a nature and responsible way.
People with poor interpersonal skills have trouble taking criticism. When confronted with a mistake, they let their ego and emotions get in the way. They may deny responsibility and became moody, volatile or angry. They mark themselves as "prickly" and "temperamental".
Social intelligence is an acquired skill. The more you practice, the better you get. Like good manners, it can be learned.
The Hare And The tortoise
The hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. "I have never been beaten," he said, "when I run at full speed, no one is faster than me."
The tortoise said quietly, "I will race with you." "That is a good joke," said the hare. "I could dance around you the whole way."
The race started. The hare darted almost out of sight at once. He soon stopped and lay down to have a nap.
The tortoise plodded on and on. When the hare awoke from his nap, he saw the tortoise was near the finish line, and he had won the race.