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).

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Little Ray Of Sunshine



Episode 54:  Springtime

Trapper: Do you believe? Someone has actually ordered us a genuine 
         spring day.
Hawkeye: What a dirty rotten trick to put it in the middle of a war.
Trapper: I’m gonna put that sky on hold.
Hawkeye: That’s just a mural painted by the North Koreans to catch 
         us off our guard.

Spring is in the air bringing a ray of sunshine into the routine of the 4077th. Klinger gets married to his fiancé back home over the phone, Radar falls in love with nurse Louise and Hawkeye has an overzealous patient try to repay him for saving his life by being his personal aide and body guard.

Leading from deep within the trenches of life can be a dark and dreary place sometimes, especially when the clouds of uncertainty or opposition hover overhead. Underneath the deadlines, demands and day to day responsibilities it can be easy to lose sight of the clear skies of vision above radiating the opportunities and possibilities that excites us about leadership. However, just like the weather, the clouds do clear and the sun reemerges or like the seasons, winter will give way to spring. There is always a ray of light that penetrates the darkness reminding us of the vision that drives every focused leader to push through the dark times. This is a thought captured by Aristotle Onasis who said, “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” A focused vision will allow light to shine into the darkest places of leadership.

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