"Taking the High Road"*
Your Success Thought for the Week of June 28, 2006
In battle and maneuvering, all armies prefer high ground to low ground.
~Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Written over two thousand years ago by a warrior/philosopher, The Art of War has applications for us today. Even though the passage above has literal meaning, there are many figurative parallels as well. Despite it’s title, the book is filled with lessons about conflict avoidance. According to Master Sun, the key to winning wars with our enemies is to avoid battles. How does this apply to us today?
What is your first impulse when someone invokes anger through unkind words or accusations? Unless you are extremely passive or from another solar system, your first response is to swing back verbally or worse yet through e-mail. It may make you feel good for the moment, but is that really how a true professional behaves?
Instead, should we “take the high road” to the preferred high ground? Rising above other people’s actions takes extreme discipline and sometimes having to swallow our pride. I have learned some valuable lessons in this area. Following are some important points to remember when getting ready to react to adverse situations:
Taking the high road requires patience, discipline, and thought. If you can maintain this position during conflict, not only do you have a better chance to win the battle, but you maintain your integrity and avoid actions that you may later regret.
Enjoy your discoveries and have an insightful week.
*This week’s Success Thought was kindly submitted by Dr. Brad A. Ward. We'll forward your comments upon request.
Ann Golden Eglé, MCC
Executive Coach & President
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