My all time favourite TV series is M*A*S*H, a comedy/drama centred around the doctors and nurses of the 4077th M*A*S*H unit during the Korean War. The series was so poplular that it outlasted the duration of the 3 year war, spanning 11 seasons and 251 episodes.
The strong characterisation and story lines presented thought provoking themes that provide the ideal platform for lessons on life and leadership. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, I'm sure you will connect with my leadership insights from M*A*S*H.
LEADING FROM THE TRENCHES features bite-sized, candid insights that speak into the gritty space of leadership through the eyes of a fellow leader seeking to "lead with all diligence" (Romans 12:8).
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Thursday, June 19, 2014
Episode 56: Life With Father
Father: [Reading a letter from his sister] Kathy, Kathy, Kathy. How could you think of such a thing?
Henry: [Bursting into Father Mulcahy’s tent] Father, I’ve got to talk to you about my wife.
There exists within my spirit a deep tension every time I hear about one of my colleagues leaving the ministry! I cannot hide my disappointment in losing godly and competent leaders who exchange their calling or vocation for another direction. Are they right or are they wrong? That is not mine to judge! My disappointment lies in the loss of good leaders who have the capacity to lead great change from within our organisation. While there are many reasons why people change career paths or even pursue their calling through alternative pathways, I wonder how the following questions are reconciled: Is a calling conditional upon circumstances? Should our own purposes supersede a divine purpose? When is it right to step outside of a covenant relationship? In the context of Christian leadership Reggie McNeal asserts, “Christian leaders certain of their call allow it to become the centre of gravity for their life experiences.” Whether your calling is secular or sacred it needs to be grounded upon a deep conviction that will remain steadfast through trials and resistant to the allure of other offers.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Undergoing a physical check-up is a normal part of the rhythm of life to diagnose and treat any health concerns. Likewise, looking after your mental health is emerging as being just as important as your physical health to maintain overall well-being. When you consider that leadership is all about influence and how our influence impacts the well-being of those we lead, how important is it then that leaders also undergo a leadership check-up? One of the most helpful processes I’ve engaged in as a part of my leadership development journey was completing the Life Styles Inventory (LSI) which provided a feedback report about the positive and negative characteristics of my leadership styles. Other people I know engage in a similar process by completing a 360 degree questionnaire. These types of processes provide leaders with a diagnosis of their strengths and weaknesses and helpful strategies to facilitate growth and development. In his book the 360 Degree Leader John Maxwell affirms the value of such a growth process, “Your leadership, if it is not continually growing, can be a lid to the potential of your people...If you want to increase the potential of your team, you need to keep growing yourself.” A regular leadership check-up is a prescription for the growth and well-being of your team.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Trapper: Do you believe? Someone has actually ordered us a genuine
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Episode 53: O.R.
Henry: It’s just fatigue, it comes and goes.
Hawkeye: Henry, this could be your ticket home…
Henry: Pierce, I’ll level with you. I’ve got a great practice
Henry: Yeah. But this place, this place, which has all the
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Trapper: He’s a little past ill.
Hawkeye: He’s dead.
Colonel: He was fine a little while ago. What happened?
Trapper: Myocardial infarction….
Colonel: He died in action at the front. Leading his troops
against overwhelming odds, with shells bursting all
around him, until that one shell with his name on it
caught up with him. That’s how General “Iron Guts”
Kelly died….I got a pretty good idea how he really
went. It’s got to appear as though he died more
meaningfully. There’s a Zen saying: Just as a clay
jar will sooner or later crumble while being lowered
into a well, so old generals must eventually perish in
battle. All you have to do is sign the death
certificate. I’ll fill in the details….History demands
that the general die a glorious death.