**Finding THE COMMON GROUND**

**before COMING TO ANY SOLUTION**

**IS THE ONLY WAY to Solve any Problem**

**A father left 17 camels, as the inheritance for his three sons.**

**When the father passed away, his sons opened up the**

**will.**

**The Will stated that**

**THE ELDEST SON SHOULD GET**

**HALF**

**of 17**

**camels while**

**THE MIDDLE SON SHOULD BE GIVEN**

**1/3RD (ONE-THIRD)**

**&**

**THE YOUNGEST SON SHOULD BE GIVEN**

**1/9TH (ONE-NINTH)**

**of the 17 camels.**

**As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9,**

**the three sons started to quarrel with each other.**

**So, the three sons decided to go to a wise woman.**

**The wise woman listened patiently about the Will.**

**The wise young woman, after giving some thought, brought one camel of her own and added the same to 17. That increased the total to 18 camels.**

**Now, she started reading the deceased father’s will.**

**Half of 18 = 9.**

**So she gave the eldest son 9 camels**

**1/3rd of 18 = 6.**

**So she gave the middle son 6 camels**

**1/9th of 18 = 2.**

**So she gave the youngest son 2 camels.**

**Now add this up: 9 plus 6 plus 2 is 17,**

**and this left one camel, which the wise woman took away.**

**LEARNING 1**

**The attitude of negotiation and problem solving is :**

**To find the 18th camel, i.e. the COMMON GROUND**

**.**

**Once a person is able to find the 18th camel,**

**that is the COMMON GROUND…**

**…ANY ISSUE GETS RESOLVED.**

**It is difficult at times to find the COMMON GROUND.**

**But the spirit is this only**

**LEARNING 2**

**To reach any solution of any problem….**

**First step is to believe**

**that there is a solution**

**.**

**Otherwise there won’t be any!**

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