Pallet

It’s Okay to Have Fun – In Fact it’s Necessary

A basic tenet of a military organization is the ability to pack up and move out quickly. Being proficient at that skill requires planning and practice. Although I’ve been involved in many such efforts, both as rehearsals and as real deployments, one example has always stuck in my mind. It was during my days in a combat rescue unit and there are two reasons it has stayed with me. First,…

The Magic and Power of Please and Thank You

He was a new supervisor and he seemed frustrated as we spoke. “Why do I have to ask people to do things? Shouldn’t I be able to just tell them to do it?” The short answer is, “Yes, you can tell them and they should respond.” But is that the way to build a productive, high-performance team? Is that the way you want your boss to relate to you? When…

Doctors

A Story of Two Doctors

The door opened and the doctor rushed into the exam room with my chart in his hand. Without looking at me he quickly said, “I’m going to tell you what’s wrong and what we need to do, then I’ll take a look at your records and examine you.” He hurriedly began to explain the surgery necessary to repair my injured knee, he might have saved himself the trouble because I…

ServantCommand

Beauty and the Beast: Servant Leadership vs. Command and Control

Command and control (the beast) is not a popular form of leadership these days. Most of the time the method is unnecessary and a sign of a weak and insecure leader who knows no other way to be effective. The most effective leaders find some version of servant leadership (beauty) to be a better approach. But sometimes command and control is necessary. In emergencies or when time doesn’t permit discussion,…