A note he never had to use

Posted: June 9, 2014 in Uncategorized
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70 years ago on June 6th the Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy as part of operation Neptune, also known as D – day. The operation was a success and helped turn the tides in World War II and brought about a victory for good!

The greatest generation came through in spades for the rest of us and on Friday of last week the surviving members of the greatest generation meet on the beach to remember that momentous occasion.

The invasion of the beaches were part of the master plan drawn up in part by Dwight D. Eisenhower, the commander for the armed forces in the US drew up two speeches to make after the invasion. He did not use one of them. One of the speeches was in case of a failure for the allied forces.

The speech that addresses the failure is a short one in which he takes the full blame for a failed attack and asks that no blame be placed on the men who made the attack. It is refreshing to read about leadership who “lead from the front”. It can seem like many leaders find ways to pass the buck along to the next guy. The blame for failure lies not with the leader but with those who did not execute his orders correctly. I would say to that leader that it is still his fault for not clearly giving orders? If the leader has something disparaging to say about the logic of the followers than I would say that he has chosen the wrong group of followers or that he has not properly trained those men or women.

Leaders have a lot of pressure to succeed and are often sacrificed when there is failure. A prime example of this would be any sports franchise with a poor record. The leader of the team almost always gets the ax. It is this life on a razors edge that can tempt leaders to hide their weaknesses and become unapologetic jerks to their follower but good leaders do not make excuses and apologize.  You can and will fail are you ready for that?

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” — Winston Churchill

  • “True leaders always practice the three R’s: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all their actions.” — Anonymous
    • The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I’. And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I’. They don’t think ‘I’. They think ‘we’; they think ‘team’. They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.” — Peter Drucker

It seems not a day goes by that I do not look back on “The Greatest Generation” and learn something about what it is to be an adult.   To all from “The Greatest Generation” I would like to thank you for; your service, sacrifice and simply being you.

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peace

john3c

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