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Amazing Teamwork Video. Battle at Kruger

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Teamwork Video – Lion and Bulls – Waterbuffalo

Note: Please make sure you watch the entire video. The ending is amazing. It all turns out good – I promise.

So I came across this amazing teamwork video the other day. Maybe you have already seen this. I did not. It’s one of those videos that gets more amazing the longer you watch it.

What I love about it is the power of teamwork it demonstrates. The reality is that there are times that we won’t be effective alone. But when we unite a team and bring them together with a common purpose we can do great things. There is unbelievable power in teamwork. Watch this video and let me know what you think. What other lessons can be drawn from this video? I look forward to hearing from you.

Here is another inspirational teamwork video with a lion and water buffalo that you can use in your next team meeting titled “United We Stand Divided We Fall.” Click here to view.

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  • R Everett July 5, 2011, 3:15 pm

    Without further comment from you, Mike, I’m not sure how you’d use this. It’s a bit grisly for most audiences, yes?

  • Mike Rogers July 5, 2011, 7:34 pm

    It appears a little grisly at first, but as you watch it is amazing. There is so much power when we work together towards a common purpose.

  • P.nambiar December 8, 2011, 6:46 am


  • Mike Rogers December 8, 2011, 3:20 pm

    Thanks P. Nambiar. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Karen Valencic December 10, 2011, 11:11 am

    This is truly amazing. A lesson in when things look really bleak rally the ‘troops’ and anything is possible. Also, to note, there were no singular players here. The lions, buffalo and alligators were all teams. A singular animal would be ‘dead meat’ so to speak. That is true when we try to work in isolation.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Mike Rogers December 10, 2011, 5:37 pm

    Thanks Karen, I am glad you enjoyed it. We can never accomplish as much as can together. To try to do so as you point out puts us at serious risk. It is those that understand this, humbly, that we need others, that achieve great things.

  • Alita Bluford December 22, 2011, 12:26 pm

    How very inspirational. Many ways to use this.In the face of crisis, don’t panic. Stay calm. Strategize. Look for help.Make a plan. And execute it. I expected to see blood and there was not. I expected to see fury, narling, nashing, bellowing. None of that. Though before showing to a group who might be sensitive to this, I might preface it with a brief explanation. Just my opinion.

  • Mike Rogers December 22, 2011, 5:49 pm

    That is probably a good preface Alita. You are right, there is a lot we can learn. We can’t give up especially when we know others have our back.

  • mark macy June 10, 2013, 7:23 am

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve been to Kruger twice. I’d encourage everyone to make the trip and enjoy nature at her finest. It’s just an unbelievable experience to see, feel, hear, watch, taste and smell Africa. Your day in the park will be full of surprises!

    • Scott Simmerman, Ph.D. June 14, 2013, 9:38 am

      Mike – Pretty neat and not really sure how to frame it.

      Ms. Everett’s comment about it being pretty grisly is interesting — and it is, at first. On the other hand, I think it really does illustrate the issues within organizations and also between them. “Interdepartmental collaboration” is an oxymoron at many or most workplaces and each of the groups might represent a department in a manner of speaking.

      Or maybe the calf represents the Customer, who eventually does get away as the other customers rally against the issues. I use crocodiles as a metaphor for organizational competition (or consultants) when the team is stuck in the mud in my Square Wheels cartoons.

      And, like in a lot of business situations, the end result after a lot of time and energy is expended is: No Result. That sounds like an average day for many employees, ya think? A few scars and the successful escape from difficulty.

      I can’t use the video, but I did find it engaging and thought provoking. Not sure who to root for, either. Guess here in America, we probably would have shot ALL the animals and mounted their heads on a trophy wall somewhere!

      (Been to Kruger National Park (South Africa) — a really amazing and VERY REAL place!)

      When you figure this all out, let me know.

      I just posted up a blog about us spending billions of dollars on training only to find that results are going down… Same kind of scenario, I guess!

      Have fun out there!

      • Michael Rogers June 15, 2013, 8:50 am

        Thanks Scott. Great points again. I read your post and liked it!

        We do spend too much money on entertainment training and not enough on results driven kind of training. Where is the accountability? I posted a comment on your site. Thanks!


  • Juliann June 14, 2013, 10:07 am

    Amazing! Something I never knew could happen in the wild. However, there is a risk in showing this to an audience. Although there are many valuable lesions to be learned from this one would have to know their audience and be able to manage their reactions to what they are seeing. I would like to use this but maybe only in a small team setting with people I know will trust me when I tell them this story has a very happy ending.

    • Scott Simmerman, Ph.D. June 14, 2013, 12:30 pm

      It wasn’t a happy ending for the cute brown lion females who may have had cubs to feed and it sure wasn’t happy for those croc’s who are trying to get enough food so they can lay some new eggs and create croc puppies.

      I think nature SHOULD be a little different than business, in that this survival of the fittest kind of thinking is not about Darwin’s thinking about evolution, which posits that what the species does to help the species is most important to the species, not that any ONE individual is “fittest” and should survive.

      Many cultures are highly collaborative — think bees and ants — while others do have some “competition” to see which males mate with which females.

      When it comes to humanity, it is most clear that collaboration offers the best approach to survival. This competition stuff is driving the planet to extinction… I think that we need to think more about teamwork and shared benefits and floating all the boats, instead of who’s boat is the biggest. But my thoughts wander with all these metaphors.

      Yeah, I was also rooting for the little guy and Mike let the cat out of the bag (no pun) by saying it had a happy ending. For me, that would also include a cold beer after that hot day in the plains of Africa!

      Oh, and elephants were drinking Amarula long before people invented it (1983) — the elephants were eating the fruit of the marula tree and the fermentation was making them intoxicated. Because of the marula tree’s association with drunken behavior of the elephants, the distiller has made them its symbol == and it supports elephant conservation efforts, co-funding the Amarula Elephant Research Programme. Go figure… I heard that story while camping in Kruger.


      • Michael Rogers June 15, 2013, 8:37 am

        Fun thoughts as always Scott : )

        So you have been to Kruger, very cool. I would agree with you. Teamwork expands across teams, not just your immediate team. The worse thing for an organization is to pit for example the customer service team against the network team for example. Competing interest can hurt the company.

        Sorry for letting the cat out of the bag – LOL. I had no choice, I had someone unsubscribe from my blog and said they were very offended by the video. Of course, she had only watched up until the calf was being dragged. I wanted to ensure everyone hung on and not stop watching.


    • Michael Rogers June 15, 2013, 8:40 am

      Thanks Juliann for taking the time to comment.

      I would agree. You always need to be careful about the audiences you share any video with. There is a always a good chance someone will be offended or a little sensitive. The larger the audience, the more risk.

      It is an unbelievable video though with some great teaching points or facilitation launching points.

  • MAK October 29, 2013, 2:04 am

    a lot of lessons can be absorbed from this video. Thanks for sharing. Allow me to share it on my fb page “” it would be great if you visited it as well 🙂

    Have a great day,


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