When the Father passed away, his sons opened up the will.
The will of the father stated that the eldest son should get half of 17 camels,
The middle son should be given 1/3rd of 17 camels,
The youngest son should be given 1/9th of the 17 camels,
As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the sons started to fight with each other.
So, they decided to go to a wise woman.
The wise woman listened patiently about the will. The wise woman, after giving this thought, brought one camel of her own & 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 9 camels to the eldest son.
1/3rd of 18 = 6.
So she gave 6 camels to the middle son.
1/9th of 18 = 2.
So she gave 2 camels to the youngest son.
Now add this up:
9 + 6 + 2 = 17
This leaves 1 camel, which the wise woman took back.
The attitude of negotiation & problem solving is to find the 18th camel; i.e., the common ground. Once a person is able to find the common ground, the issue is resolved.
However, to reach a solution, the first step is to believe that there is a solution. If we think that there is no solution, we won’t be able to reach any!