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151 Quick Ideas to Inspire Your Staff by Jerry R. Wilson

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The Oxen Principle
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to make something that is incredibly simple really complicated? Often, training agendas become so seemingly complex that they get swept aside in favor of other priorities. Here is one of the simplest and most effective training principles you can implement in your company, regardless of your size.
Thousands of years ago, the Chinese found that the “Oxen Principle” was incredibly simple and amazingly effective for training. When they had a new ox to train, they would simply yoke that ox with one already trained, one that knew how to work and had been there for a while, and let the trained ox teach the newcomer. The seasoned oxen knew when to pull, when to rest, and when to head to the ...

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