Indecision Kills

Indecision Kills

"Left or right? Just make a decision!"

Have you ever experience the frustration and pain of following after a leader who is ever indecisive? At best, he may just waste people’s time, effort and resources for doing nothing or the wrong things. At worst, lives may be lost.

I rewatched the movie Battle Los Angeles recently. It’s about a marine staff sergeant who just had his retirement approved, goes back into the line of duty in order to assist a 2nd Lieutenant and his platoon of US Marines as they fight to reclaim the city of Los Angeles from alien invaders. The Lieutenant probably had never encounter a close combat like the one he had with the aliens except in classes (he was top in his class). And this time he ambushed for real together with his marines. Staff sergeant Nantz kept asking Liutenant Martinez for his orders at various junctures as his men was getting killed left and right, but he was too scared to give any, fearing that his orders will cause more of his men killed. What Sergeant Nantz said next stayed with me:

“Your men are awaiting orders. Now, you can go right, you can go left. I don’t give a damn. Just make a decision!” ~Sergeant Nantz in Battle Los Angeles.

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12 Reasons Why I Read E-Books Instead of “Real” Books

In my previous post Leaders Are Readers, I wrote how I developed my joy and habit of reading since I was a kid. Over the years, I’ve kinda slowed down in buying physical books and turned to buying e-books (electronic) instead.

 

My History of Using E-Books

I bought my first e-book (not counting PDFs on PC) when I had my first hand-held device which was a Palm TX about seven years back. Since then, I’ve bought and downloaded hundreds more e-books. I also had a few Windows Mobile hand-held devices and currently, I’m using a Kindle 3. All my devices are able to sync with my PC/notebook which keep backups of the e-books.

Some book lovers and purists will protest, “no digital books”, “real books all the way” and “nothing can substitute the real thing!” They’d oppose and resist the “onslaught” of e-book technology, claiming that it’ll ruin their simple reading pleasures. “Old school is the way to go”, they’d say. I don’t blame them. I do admit that nothing can replace the sensations of holding a beautiful book in the palm of your hands: the touch, the smell and the sound of flipping through the pages. Reading is an experience. And I do still buy good “real” books sometimes, especially when I can’t find the electronic version.

So, why do I love e-books?

 

Here are My 12 Reasons

I read electronic books

Amazon Kindle 3

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Knowing What You Want Gives Clarity and Purpose

Let’s revisit the first question in yesterday’s post “What do you want?” again.

Recently, I sat in a planning meeting with a group of young committees of a local organization. In the middle of an agenda, the leader stated adamantly who he doesn’t want to work with and what he doesn’t want to experience again because of a past fallout. But when asked what is it that he really wants for this team to achieve, he paused silently and thought for a while, and then simply uttered a blank “errrmmm….”.

I wasn’t sure if the leader provided any useful direction to his project team in the first place. It could have helped if he explicitly expressed his intentions and purpose to clarify the main objectives and the desired outcomes.

It’s like providing a road map without knowing where to go; the leader was telling his team where not to go and what not to do, but didn’t state the destination and how to get there! Did he know his desired destination in the first place? I really couldn’t tell! He was more driven to avoid past pains than to move towards something new. Fine. Maybe he had learned something useful from his past undertakings which had shaped his present approach, but his team doesn’t know the pain and didn’t need to. They didn’t need to know something unknown to move away from, but something to move towards to. Something clear, so they could fix their eyes on the target. Isn’t that more useful?

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