Thomas was dying.
Mary, his wife, and their daughter, Julia, were at
Thomas’s bedside. He had been bedridden for 12 days, slipping in
and out of consciousness. His injuries required that his arm be
amputated. After surgery he spent several days in a coma. Then for
3 days he seemed to get better. However, the pneumonia came back
and he faded fast. Darkness enveloped him and he passed
Thomas was a devout Christian. He lived his life following
the teachings he received from his Bible. He stated once, “God
has fixed a time for my death. I do not concern myself about that,
no matter when it might overtake me.” He prayed over
every decision. He fervently believed that God was in control of
Being a Virginia native in the mid 1800’s, he was affected
by the law prohibiting the teaching of slaves to read. Being a
professor at VMI, he violated that law constantly, employing the
Bible to teach slaves how to read. He used his house for these
classes until there were so many that he moved the them to a local
church. Because he was frequently away from home, he insisted that
his family and the local minister continue these classes. This
ministry continued even in his absence. With this training, many
slaves escaped to the North to gain their freedom.
When war broke out between the states, he did not support
secession. However, when called upon to defend Virginia, he
answered the call and joined the fight. Having fought in the
Mexican war, his skills were needed in defense of his state. One
night as he and a group of men were scouting out a road, they were
suddenly attacked by Union soldiers. Galloping away from the attack
he was wounded by Confederates in the darkness and confusion.
Thomas died 12 days later.
Thomas, like so many who fought for the South, understood
that slavery was evil. He did what he saw as his duty to defend his
state and the people who lived there. Few soldiers who fought for
the South actually owned slaves. Hopefully, this true story will
encourage us to understand why so many people who despised slavery
felt compelled to fight for the South.
Thomas’s last name was Jackson. You know him as General
Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
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“You want to run that by
That was the question from
a client. I answered, “Sure, no problem. Let me explain the
process so you can put this issue to bed.”
Let me go back to the
This client called me. He
was very upset. “I am going to stop having weekly team leader
meetings because they always end up in a “bitch” session where
everyone complains, points fingers at other team leaders, and
nothing gets done! If we can’t address and solve problems during
these sessions then there is no reason to meet together!” I
shared with him an old, but very effective way to ensure that this
never happens again. He asked me the question above after he heard
this process. Let’s see if you can relate.
The great author and
teacher, Dale Carnegie, shared the following mandatory process for
introducing a problem or opportunity in a meeting. You must require
that every member attending the meeting answer these 4 questions
when announcing an issue to be solved or an opportunity for
2.What factors caused the problem or
opportunity? Share ALL the factors leading up to and/or still creating the
3.What are ALL the possible solutions to the problem
or opportunity? Do
not accept only one solution. There are always at least two and
many times several solutions. The person must share them
4.Which solution do you
suggest?The person who starts the conversation
must ALWAYS share which solution he/she thinks is best.
The person leading the
meeting is required to keep information flowing so that decisions
are made, responsibilities assigned, and issues get resolved. Using
this process ensures that meetings are productive. It requires
responsibility of those who bring up issues to be prepared to
answer these 4 questions.
You can use this process
in a one-on-one discussion with another team member, with a family
member or your spouse. It places the responsibility on the person
who starts the conversation to think it through completely before
bringing it up.
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That is today’s Morning
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