I had an appointment with a Business Tycoon at Bangkok this day morning. He had invited me to the tennis court as he would be occupied in playing tennis in the morning hours. So, I scheduled my calendar accordingly and went to meet him.
To my surprise, I realized that he was playing alone in the court and on the opposite side there were almost 200+ tennis balls. Aside there was a basket which was containing the around some 50 more balls. He took the balls and shot them aside and again went back to the basket, took a ball and shot it again. On seeing me and my Private Secretary, he dropped that and welcomed me. I was discussing with him for almost 25 minutes about the business co-operations.
I opened up with a question, “Why do you play alone even then you have almost 4500+ employees?”, his response made me a big shock. He quoted “I may have million of employees, but I don’t have a co-operating employee, who can move to my wavelength and stretch!” And then I questioned about his friends, he quoted “Friends were there, we joined every weekend for drinking and ‘Boom, Boom’, but when I started concentrating onto my business I missed few of the calls from my friends and that exhibited me as a egoistic and the vice-verse they started thinking such.
The final pitch was here, on the moment of closing the deal, I said to him “You are highly lucky that you have no competitors both in the market and in the tennis court to defeat you”. He felt like flying into the skies and inked the contract. And now it was his turn, he asked me “How did you say that am highly lucky?”, I returned by saying “Even am in the same position and ‘Only a leader knows the other leader'”.