I wrote this after a weekend when the streets in my neighborhood were iced over, slick and dangerous. Okies hibernate on weekends like this.
Thank God for Netflix.
Instead of my usual Sci-Fi fix, I started watching the Ken Burns documentary series, The Civil War. I’m glad I did.
You can find several leadership lessons from the Civil War. But one lesson smacked me like a brick to the forehead.
Here’s the lesson learned from two Civil War Generals . . .
One General was a great organizer. He trained the troops well. He was very analytical, organized and cautious. But he was too cautious.
When the time came to take action and fight, he thought there were more rebel soldiers than there really were.
His fear of the enemy was larger than reality. His troops actually had the advantage.
Because of his fear, he chose to wait for more reinforcements. He didn’t attack. He chose to keep preparing instead of taking action.
Another General took action. He fought. He didn’t shy away from the hard decision of taking the fight to his enemy.
Abraham Lincoln fired McClellan. While Ulysses S. Grant “saved the Union” and became the 18th president of the United States.
Here’s what General William Tecumseh Sherman said about Ulysses S. Grant
I am a damned sight smarter man than Grant. I know more about military history, strategy, and grand tactics than he does. I know more about supply, administration, and everything else than he does. I’ll tell you where he beats me though and where he beats the world. He doesn’t give a damn about what the enemy does out of his sight, but it scares me like hell. … I am more nervous than he is. I am more likely to change my orders or to countermarch my command than he is. He uses such information as he has according to his best judgment; he issues his orders and does his level best to carry them out without much reference to what is going on about him and, so far, experience seems to have fully justified him.
Are you taking action or are you still preparing for enemies that aren’t really there?
You will never have all the facts possible in front of you. You will never be perfectly prepared. You have to take action despite your fears.
Remember: Fortune Favors the Bold
Take that step into the unknown and make things happen. Take action. Sometimes you have to pull the trigger (even if you’re scared).
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