Articulation is about understanding, not liking. Nobody likes to hear about a significant change to their Status Quo because that triggers fear of two things that human nature desperately seeks to avoid: Pain and Chaos. It is the reason that Inertia reigns supreme in the heart of man.
When a Leader Articulates his Vision of Advantage to his Group, and the Movement required to achieve it, he must focus primarily (if not wholly) on ensuring that the Members understand what he is saying and concern himself only secondarily (if at all) on whether they like it. Then he should expect them to complain, and treat their grousing like my colonel treated our bitch session, as the natural reaction of people who are afraid of the Pain and Chaos that comes with change to the Status Quo.
A Leader can’t Influence Movement to Advantage if he doesn’t clearly Articulate what it is by describing his Vision to others. Once they understand it, then he can set about Persuading them to follow him there.
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest-then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit -Proverbs6:10
Tainted wealth has no lasting value, but right living can save your life. -Proverbs 10:2
A good name is more desirable than great wealth. Respect is better than silver or gold. -Proverbs 22:1
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” — Nelson Mandela
“I am the captain of my soul.” — Nelson Mandela
A sense of a goose
Next Autumn, when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying in a “V” formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily, because they are travelling on the thrust of one another.
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are heading the same way we are.
When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south.
Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
What message do we give when we honk from behind?
Finally – and this is important – when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of the formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies; and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their own group.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.