“Do you want to…

“Do you want to be the one in the nursing home with the best stories, not the biggest frustrations?” – Alex Malley

From Alex Malley on LinkedIn

courage at the office

Good Monday morning to you! Getting cold again here in NE Indiana.

courage_-_Google_SearchCourage – what is it? According to Wikipedia, “Courage is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.” 

We often see the dramatic examples of courage and quickly recognize them – such as the Congressional Medal of Honor recipients from the recent wars. Or examples of people facing daunting odds in standing against oppression.

But what does courage look like at the office? Why do you even need courage at the office?

What about the time you were in a meeting and the boss was critical of a co-worker and others were “piling on” yet you knew the facts weren’t quite right? Did you speak up to set the record right, remain silent, or even join in the “piling on”?

What about the gossip or snide remarks made about an unpopular co-worker? Did you stand up for them even though they weren’t your favorite person? Do you stand for truth in the smallest of matters or do you remain silent?

What about the underperforming employee that you manage? Do you have the courage to confront them so that they can learn and grow or do you inflate their evaluation so that you can avoid the messiness of confrontation and conflict?

Everyday, we have many, many opportunities to be courageous in the day-to-day activities that define us. On a regular basis you have the opportunity to come to the rescue of people. Sure you’re not saving them from enemy bullets, drowning, or something dramatic, but in a very real sense you can be a rescuer. You can be a courageous protector of others at the office. Maybe you won’t make the news or receive a medal, but those you rescue will know, you will know, and,more importantly, God knows.

Show courage in the small things.

Blessings on your week,

“The first lie…: – Seth Godin

“The first lie…: – Seth Godin

is that you’re going to need far more talent than you were born with.

courage and sacrifice – nobility

101st Airborne PatchGood morning – I hope your week is getting off to a great start!

I am a former officer of the US Army and it was a privilege to serve on active duty in the 9th Infantry Division – the “Old Reliables“. Being former Army, I enjoy watching the Military Channel and yesterday I was not feeling well, so I spent some time watching a show on the 101st Airborne Division’s offensive into southern Afghanistan in 2010 called “Dragon Strike”. The 101st “Screaming Eagles” is one of the most famous units in the US Army. They are best known for their service in WWII, when surrounded by the Germans at Bastogne the Germans demanded their surrender. The response of General McAuliffe was one word – “Nuts!”. The 101st held and set the standard for the following generations of “Screaming Eagles“.

In this episode, it was recounting the ambush of a small patrol by the Taliban in Afghanistan that was initiated by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle. The patrol was pinned down with one dead and several others seriously wounded. The patrol leader was wounded by the bomb blast, but took control of the situation and began directing the fire of his men. During this time, he started evacuating the wounded men at great risk to himself time and time again. Eventually all the wounded were taken to safety and reinforcements arrived causing the Taliban to break off. The patrol leader refused medical treatment until after all his men were treated. Once they started checking him out they found he had a ruptured spleen, a collapsed lung and a massive loss of blood. It took months for him to recover from his wounds. He later received the Distinguished Service Cross – our nation’s second highest honor.

Part of the program was interviews of actual participants of the battle. One was the patrol leader. When asked about his actions, he simply stated that any one else in his unit in his place would do just the same. It’s just what you do. He also went on to say that when you serve, you do so with courage and sacrifice and that in courage and sacrifice is a kind of nobility. It’s the right thing to do.

Fortunately, most of us have not had to endure combat. However, every day as a leader, you have opportunities – both large and small – to exhibit courage and sacrifice on the behalf of those you lead. And as the patrol leader said, there is certain nobility in doing so.

Courage – Sacrifice – Nobility

At the end of my life I hope those words will be said of me.


I will always place the mission first – I will never accept defeat – I will never quit – I will never leave a fallen comrade

Taps – Memorial Day 2013

Remember The Fallen

2008 Memorial Day Poster #3.

“In order for a nation to achieve victory in combat, it requires something like a total surrender of its Soldiers. Every part of a combatant’s life, except that which belongs to God, must be consciously yielded over to the discretion of the state. Perhaps no one put it better than one soldier who fought in the trenches of the First World War:

‘All that we fear from all kinds of adversity, severally, is collected together in the life of a soldier on active service. Like sickness, it threatens pain and death. Like poverty, it threatens ill lodging, cold, heat, thirst and hunger. Like slavery, it threatens toil, humiliation, injustice, and arbitrary rule. Like exile, it separates you from all you love. Like the gullies, it imprisons you at close quarters with uncongenial companions.‘ (C. S. Lewis: “Why I am not a Pacifist” 1949)

After enduring some of life’s most disagreeable circumstances, our fallen service members never emerge in this life to enjoy the fruit of their service. They are surrounded by peril and misery for long periods until the end. In the midst of these overwhelming conditions Soldiers discipline themselves to access a component of human nature: a phenomenon we call Courage.. .

For these reasons I think Memorial Day deserves a notable place on our calendar and in our thoughts. No one deserves our honor more than those service members who surrendered their life for their country.”

 – Colonel Jeff Hall US Army

Please stop and remember those that have given the last full measure for our country and the families they left behind.

Grateful for those who gave it all,


“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.” – Benjamin Franklin

Honor – Courage – Duty- Virtue

Virtue – Honor – Courage – Compassion – Duty

Important words to me. Lately, I have been pondering what it means to do right – even to ones own hurt.  Virtue and honor should drive us to do what is right regardless of the cost – especially to ourselves.  Courage gives us the means to act when we know that by doing right it will cost us – sometimes dearly.

It especially takes courage to do what is right when doing so comes with a cost and not doing so would not even be noticed.  That is when true character shines forth.

As leaders, we should always act with courage and honor.  Our decisions should always be based on what is right and what serves others.  We of all people should act with courage.  As Christians we are held to an even higher standard and as Christians we have access to the means to do what is right in any circumstance.

Do what is right – in all things.  Act with courage, honor and virtue.  Make a difference.