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).

Friday, November 16, 2012

Hopefulness

Episode 23:  Cease Fire


Trapper:  You should have listened to me, pal.
Hawkeye: If the same thing happened all over again, I’d still  
         make the same bet.
Trapper On the level?
Hawkeye: It was a glimpse of daylight at the end of the tunnel, 
         it was worth it.
Trapper:  You paid a pretty heavy price.
Hawkeye: So I blew 1500 bucks in IOU’s…Gave up three nurses for 
         an imaginary wife and family.  Clayton’s got my butt in 
         his gun sight.  My hopefulness remains intact.

The 4077 hears a rumour of a ceasefire, prompting premature celebrations and plans for going home.  Trapper doubts the rumour, while Hawkeye gets a little carried away leaving him in trouble with some nurses and General Clayton when they find out the rumour was false.

Leadership without hope is to abandon a vision for a preferred future and capitulate to the present reality.  Hope dares to believe for what could be, even when what is seems overwhelming.  Hope sees the possibilities, not the barriers.  Hope gives leaders the faith to lead in the tension between the now and not yet now. Pastor and author Erwin McManus says, “A life of expectation is the result of living in the dynamic tension that exists between faith and hope.”  It is this dynamic tension that makes the present reality untenable and drives a leader to step out in faith to pursue even greater things.  In this pursuit, a leaders hopefulness remains intact when their faith exceeds their circumstances.

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