By David Schmaltz
A guide to assist someone create coherent projects--and benefit from the adventure
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Don't know much about being a soldier. I worked very hard at avoiding military service. I conscientiously objected to the notion that the military could settle anything, or could make anyone safer, especially with me as a part of it. Above all, I objected to the idea of blindly following anyone else's orders, no matter how much sense the orders seemed to make to him. My head still echoes with stories of the Somme, Antietam, and Gallipoli, where generals' delusions played out into fields of freshly planted conscripts.
Individual board members questioned me. What if I were given the option of either entering the military or going to prison? Which would I choose? "That would be you choosing, not me," I replied. "I've already told you that I object to entering the military. I guess if you think that putting me in prison will make the world a better place, that's your decision. " What if terrorists kidnapped my grandmother and threatened to kill her? Wouldn't I want to kill them first? they continued. "Not particularly.
23 THE ELEPHANT These leverage points are reminders. They more often awaken a slumbering understanding than create any new ones. Being reminded of something I've forgotten usually upsets me, especially if the reminder isn't particularly profound, and these leverage points seem anything but profound. They seem useless in the face of my realworld difficulties, but being reminded should upset those of us who have unwittingly taken it upon ourselves to become more demanding Masters, more perfect Slaves, or more hopeful Don Quixotes.
The Blind Men and The Elephant - Mastering Project Work by David Schmaltz