January 4; Communicate The Vision With A Simple Written Plan
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4 January

Write down the revelation

and make it plain on tablets

so that a herald may run with it.

Habakkuk 2:2

Communicate The Vision With A Simple Written Plan

Napoleon’s Corporal

Napoleon Bonaparte was a genius in leadership with a simple tactic for getting his vision communicated. He won by having his battle plans understood by his staff.

Simple. Indeed, every business unit leader wishes it were easy.

Napoleon had hundreds of thousands of men in the French Grande Armee. And not a single cell phone. How did he get his message communicated and understood?

Simple.

Bonaparte and his staff invested considerable effort in formulating a course of action before each battle. This would always involve complicated timing and logistics. But complexity is a loser in war and in business.

Napoleon knew that his troops — down to the lowest levels — had to grasp the plan. It had to be understood. It had to be simple. How did the Emperor of the French, commanding a vast army, do a comprehension test of his preparations?

Legend has it that Napoleon kept a low-ranking enlisted man on his General Staff. The staffer was not the sharpest soldier in the field; he was actually quite dull. And that’s why he was retained. Before Bonaparte issued any order he had this dullard — the slowest thinking man in the army — read the directive. If the man, Napoleon’s Corporal, could understand it, only then did the genius general release the written orders to his field commanders.

It is not known if the French General and conqueror of Europe could recite Habakkuk 2:2, although he practiced its preaching, “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.”

Napoleon did believe that, “The Bible is no mere book, but a living creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.”

Keep it Simple.

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