I project that we have all encountered an individual worthy of the role of the Commander of the US Lincoln. We also may have played an unintentional game of chicken with a lighthouse. How do we perceive ourselves and the enterprise we represents says much about the relationships we build. Many organizations have beautiful value statements about being an engaged member of the community only to demand a clear path when they take action. Cooperation may be our greatest asset. It also may offer us the humility to avoid taking counter-measures against the very object that assures our safety.
“No man can help another without helping himself”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
*To be fair, the reported naval conversation is apparently urban myth according to Snopes.com