Just some thoughts:
Probably more often than not one gives little thought to how fortunate they are or have been to have in a position of authority the boss they have or did. True, not in every case but more often than what we probably have given thought.
They had little in common. One was conceited, spoiled from a wealthy, snobbish family. He dressed as he pleased, pretty much said what he wanted when he wanted and to anyone he wanted. The other, he came from the wrong side of the tracks, worked nights as a young boy in a creamery, he listen to and obey his superiors.
Both were career men and during times in their careers their assignments kept them apart but they stayed in touch with each other. One lived expensively, had race horses, drove fast sports cars, a private yacht and plane. The other lived very simply within his means.
One was very smart, some said a genius, and given to outburst of great energy. The other had a very steady orderly mind. One arrived at decision more on gut feeling, the other on thought and preparation. One was said to have strutted the other walked. One frowning the other often smiling.
Later one would be elevated to a position of command over the other. Receiving this command ahead of many seasoned others. One would make decisions on more than one occasion that would challenge the authority and leadership of the other. Those actions would even place one in very difficult ways with the public and those to whom he had to answer.
One often continued to “put his foot in his mouth” and just multiply the others problems in his role of leadership and command. A letter once written to the “foot in the mouth guy” by his superior said:
“I have warned you time and again against your impulsiveness in action and speech and have flatly instructed you to say nothing that could possibly be misinterpreted.”
General George S. Patton was most fortunate to have had Dwight D. Eisenhower as his “boss.”
But you know there are a lot of folks who were fortunate to have or had the “bosses” they had in their careers. No, not in all cases but many.
Think about it.
June 5, 2018
Posted January 18, 2019