Leadership

“Friends, Firefighters, and Countrymen, Lend Me Your Ears”

Issue 7 and Volume 173.

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.” So spoke Marc Anthony in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. He spoke that way because speaking at all in good terms about the murdered emperor whom 12 high-powered senators just killed was high-risk/low-reward stuff. But, Marc Anthony was not deterred; he was hoping to create some trouble, and he did. Sometimes we need to create a little trouble for good things to happen, for understanding to arise, and for ideas to get heard. We see a lot of firefighters being hassled, demoted, and even fired these days for speaking their minds, sharing their opinions, voicing their beliefs, or even just using perfectly normal words or phrases that the “in crowd” finds offensive. We used to think it was our right…

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