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 popular 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 an 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).

Saturday, October 6, 2012

A Matter Of Perspective

Episode 21:  Sticky Wicket

Henry:    Look, you’re losing your perspective.  You’ve got your 
          guts in a knot because one patient has gone sour.  In 
          an outfit like this, that’s bad.
Hawkeye:  I don’t buy that.
Henry:    You don’t buy it because you’re dedicated.
Hawkeye:  Well, shouldn’t I be?
Henry:    Depends… on whether you’re dedicated to your patient 
          or your ego.

After insulting Frank Burns’ surgical skills in the OR, Hawkeye gets a patient that has complications causing him to become consumed by his inability to figure out the problem.  Colonel Blake challenges Hawkeye to get a bit perspective.

There are moments for every leader when something we organize or lead doesn’t turn out to plan, or when those we lead don’t respond to our leadership as we expect.  It is in these moments that I find myself doing a whole lot of self assessment to try and figure out where I’ve gone wrong.  If I’m not careful, my failures can easily distort my perspective of my successes. Perspective enables a leader to step back from their failures and to right-size their reality.  I have found it helpful to engage other trusted people in my circle of influence to broaden my perspective when I am consumed by a failure or problem.  More often than not, an alternative point of view reveals that things are not as bad or broken as first thought and provides shared wisdom to find effective solutions.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, I am now up to date with all of these.
    They are great.