Below is the oath by those that serve (or have served us, Commissioned Officer slightly different) in the US Military:
“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
These collection of words have been affirmed by so many that provide us the freedoms we enjoy today as Americans. To support and defend. True faith and allegiance. Obey orders. Follow the regulations. All with the help of God. This oath is a commitment to serve something bigger than ourselves; our God, our fellow citizens and those that make this choice alongside us. A cause to die for.
Veterans Day 2015 means that we continue to live in a free country. This past year many Veterans from earlier generations have died and we currently have citizens are serving us now in harms way. Veterans Day is to honor all that took the oath of office to serve us in our Armed Forces. Veterans Day is for the men and women that offered to give their life for us whether they served in combat on foreign soil, stateside, active duty or reserve. Let me be clear; it’s not first responders day. My salute to Veterans that served before, alongside and after me. Thank you for your service and sacrifices to our Nation.
2LT Jeff Harbeson, 1984
Thank a Veteran, they are willing to die for you. May God continue to Bless America. From the Command Post and the fog of cigar smoke, Cheers Y’all! #thefuneralcommander
I have been around the proverbial block of leadership in my life from both positions of leader and follower. Just recently I was having this discussion with one of my partners about behavior modification in funeral homes. Behavior modification is quite simply changing poor habits and continuous ineffective or unproductive behaviors. Funeral director training is a behavior modification tool that alleviates continuous ruts.
However, funeral director training is one thing, actually conducting and coaching is quite another. In our discussion, the topic of like versus respect was broached. A challenge for many funeral home owners is the difficulty of operating in a close environment. Conversely, how do other organizations seem to efficiently function in similar “close quarters?” We discussed an example of a particular funeral home owner that struggles to “take command of his troops” even for the overall good of their firm. The firm as mired in a continuous struggle for profitability and lacks consistent revenue performance from the revenue makers…funeral directors. The owner just doesn’t want to “rock the boat” which means he fears making necessary decisions, training and performance demands because he may “upset someone” thus not being perceived as “their friend.” We have both heard many times )I just can’t do that; these people are my friends.”
Another example we discussed is being a parent. Making decisions as a parent is often adverse to how friends would interact. However, the inability to make often life decisions for the sake of “being a friend” may have severe consequences for the child over time.
So for the sake of discussion, which would you rather be as a leader, liked or respected? I believe there are circumstances for both; certainly my answer would be that I would like to be liked and respected. Let’s narrow this down to the work environment in a funeral home. Would you rather work in an environment and culture of like or respect? What’s your choice? Cheers Y’all.