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The Lighthouse Principle

Discussion in 'Resources & Success Stories' started by neddy, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. neddy

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    Given recent events in other threads, it reminded me of something that the late Stephen Covey (famous author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People") covered
    in his thoughts on "Lighthouse Principles".

    This is an excerpt - and if you want to actually watch it on YouTube, I'll post the link at the end.

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    It was a dark and stormy night.

    Crewmember: “Captain, Captain, wake up.”

    Captain: “Well?”

    Crewmember: “Sorry to wake you, sir, but we have a serious problem.”

    Captain: “Well what is it?”

    Crewmember: “There’s a ship in our sea lane about twenty miles away, and they refuse to move.”

    Captain: “What do you mean they refuse to move? Just tell them to move.”

    Crewmember: “Sir, we have told them; they will not move.”

    Captain: “I’ll tell them.”

    The signal goes out: “Move starboard 20 degrees.”

    The signal returns: “Move starboard yourself 20 degrees.”

    Captain: “I can’t believe this. Well, I mean I’m a captain. Let them know who I am. I’m important.”

    Signal goes out: “This is Captain Horatio Hornblower XXVI, commanding you to move starboard
    20 degrees at once.”

    Signal returns: “This is Seaman Carl Jones II, commanding you to move starboard 20 degrees at
    o n c e .”

    Captain: “What arrogance? I mean, what presumption? Here is a seaman commanding me, a captain.
    We could just blow them right out of the water. Let them know who we are.

    Signal: “This is the Mighty Missouri, flag ship of the 7th Fleet.”

    The signal returns: “This is the lighthouse. Your call.”

    Guess who changed course? :)

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    These are some other key points he raised:

    • Values drive behavior. Principles drive the consequences of behavior. I may want to impress you in a particular way or sell something to you. But, if I don’t talk straight
      and don’t tell you the truth, and you know that, the natural consequence is you will not trust me.

    • Humility is the mother, I suggest, of all principles.

    • The opposite of humility is arrogance. Nothing derails people’s careers or their organisations more than arrogance.

    Here is the YouTube link (actual story goes for 2 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiNEIKx64f0
     
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  2. DnEbook

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    I tried the same thing with a tram
     
  3. Ashman

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    Nice story Ned. I like the above quote.
     
  4. findtim

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    i completely changed my business structure many years ago because of that book.

    its on my list of "must reads" for business people i meet, and the fundamentals work in everyday personal life.

    honestly............. i was actually using the "rocks in a jar" principle a few hours ago !

    tim
     
  5. neddy

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    Are you sure it wasn't "rocks in your head"? :D

    I get a daily "Success Quote" by email. Yesterday's was quite prescient.

    "If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed." - Chinese Proverb
     
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    ohhh that is soooo funny.... ooh i can't stop laughinggggg, o ha ha ha, please no.....stop...., its just to funnyyyyyy, ha ha how original lol lol ohhhh lol, OMG you are on fire lol,

    timmmmmm still laughing