Saturday, 11 August 2007
Colin Powell at the Summit
It doesn't come naturally to this Church of England Bishop to promote a clash of ideas in his working environment, but that's what the man said you need. Once you've had your open clash of ideas, however, he was quite clear about the need to execute corporate decisions to the utmost of everybody's ability and loyalty.
The Church could use more open honest debate and mutual loyalty. II Timothy 2:4 does suggest modeling discipleship on military service.
How effective would Church on every level be if we were more able more often to do what Colin Powell suggested was the essence of a team that isn't mucking about — "to check your ego in at the door." Key statement: "Plans don't accomplish work. Only people get things done."
He told us about his work for and with young people, and, immensely movingly of the reality and the pity of war; carrying a dead soldier with his company for a day in 1962 in Vietnam, and the death of a soldier in his lap during his next tour of duty. If more of our leaders had experienced such things outwith the movies, might there be a bit less gung ho and a bit more peace on earth?