As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, three sons started to fight with each other.
Finally, the three sons decided to go to a wise man. The wise man listened patiently about the Will. The wise man, after giving deep thought;brought one of his own camel and added the same to 17. That increased the total to 18 camels.
Now, he started reading the deceased father's will. Half of 18 = 9. So he gave the eldest son 9 camels 1/3rd of 18 = 6. So he gave the middle son 6 camels1/9th of 18 = 2. So he gave the youngest son 2 camels. Now add this up: 9 plus 6 plus 2 is 17 and this leaves one camel, which the wise man took away.
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 that 18th ground, the issue is resolved. It is difficult at times.
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!