IJMC - Thy Fearless Leader
You know, I think a lot of corporate executives could take note from this.
Corporate execs seem to have forgotten that they are supposed to be
leaders, fearless and undaunted whatever they face. Lord knows I wouldn't
follow my boss into something like that described below! -dave
P.S. But it would be fun to watch him in it...
Long ago, when sailing ships ruled the waves, a captain and his crew were in
danger of being boarded by a pirate ship. As the crew became frantic, the
captain bellowed to his First Mate, "Bring me my red shirt!" The First Mate
quickly retrieved the captain's red shirt, which the captain put on and led
the crew to battle the pirate boarding party.
Although some casualties occurred among the crew, the pirates were repelled.
Later that day, the lookout screamed that there were two pirate vessels
sending boarding parties. The crew cowered in fear, but the captain, calm as
ever bellowed, "Bring me my red shirt!" And once again the battle was on.
However, the Captain and his crew repelled both boarding parties, though
this time more casualties occurred.
Weary from the battles, the men sat around on deck that night recounting the
day's occurrences when an ensign looked to the Captain and asked, "Sir, why
did you call for your red shirt before the battle?"
The Captain, giving the ensign a look that only a captain can give,
exhorted, "If I am wounded in battle, the red shirt does not show the wound and
thus, you men will continue to fight unafraid."
The men sat in silence marveling at the courage of such a man. As dawn came
the next morning, the lookout screamed that there were pirate ships, 10 of
them, all with boarding parties on their way.
The men became silent and looked to the Captain, their leader, for his
usual command. The Captain, calm as ever, bellowed, "Bring me my brown