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).

Monday, October 15, 2012

For The Love Of Money

Episode 22:  Major Fred C Dobbs


Hawkeye:   I think I have what just might be an idea.  Three of 
           the basic human emotions are greed, fear, and greed.
Trapper:    So?
Hawkeye:   Frank Burns is crazy about money. He married for money. He became a doctor for money. If there was money in dying, he’d throw himself under a truck in a minute.
Trapper:    All of which means what?
Hawkeye:  Remember that story Radar said about there being gold in Korea?...If [Frank] thought he could get rich staying here, he’d never leave.

Hawkeye and Trapper go too far with their pranks on Frank and Margaret, pushing them to request a transfer out of the 4077. Realising the impact of their constant harassment, they trick Frank into staying by appealing to his greed, planting fake gold around the camp.

The bible teaches us that “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10).  When the pursuit of money becomes our primary purpose and the bottom line of our leadership we are exposed to all types of risks and temptations.  Many leaders have been derailed by allowing the love of money to allure them away from fundamental values like integrity.  It is not that money itself is inherently evil, but the elevation of it to a place where it leads to a compromise of character.  I remember meeting a man at the Melbourne Remand Centre while Christmas Caroling one year whose love of money led to a gambling addiction that cost him his job, family and freedom.  With his head bowed low he lamented how he had thrown his life away because his love of money cost him everything of true value in his life.

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