“Get back on board, dammit!”
Those were the words of Italian Coast Guard Gregorio de Falco to Captain Francesco Schettino while he was abandoning his ship, leaving 4,200 people on board to perish (at least 12 died).
When you “mess up” and difficulty strikes, how do you handle it?
Do you take responsibility, do whatever it takes to make it right, step up and take action (like the Coast Guard)… or do you shirk responsibility, leave the scene of the disaster you created and start looking for someone else to blame (like the Captain)?
The translated exchange between the Captain and Coast Guard is transcribed below. In parenthesis are examples of excuses we might use in our daily lives for not taking responsibility for common failures.
(This isn’t what I envisioned for my life. But I don’t really want to change, please…)
Captain: Please …
Coast Guard: There is no ‘please’ about it. Get back on board.
(But I send out résumés, I leave messages for my prospects, I mail letters…)
Archive for January, 2012
“Get back on board, dammit!”
Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
Most people feel kinda odd about overtly striving for power because it has a bad reputation. Thanks to the abusers you sound like a James Bond villian just because you tryn come up! Sucks man. We even despise and reject the “selfish” motivations& methods of managers and leaders who manipulate and coerce people into reluctant compliance- instead of celebrating them& studying their methods!! SmH. Well for 2012 let’s remember excuses breed impotence.
Power is neither good nor bad. Everyone has it and everyone uses it. Power is the ability to get something done.
The more skillfully you use power the more power you’ll have.
Seven powerful tips that enhance your power:
1.The more power you give others the more power you have. Hoarding power eventually destroys it. Skillful leaders create environments where others feel powerful.
2.Don’t talk about your power. Powerful people don’t tell others they have power; they display it by doing things.
3.Quietly embrace your power to influence, lift, encourage, challenge, reward, be respected, and hold others accountable. Your discomfort with power is your problem; when you get over your discomfort, you’ll be more effective.