April 2; A System Needs a Backup; a Position Needs a Fall-back; a Friend Has Your Back
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Chapter Four: Relationships; 2 April

If one falls down, his friend can help him up.

But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

Ecclesiastes 4:10

A System Needs a Backup; a Position Needs a Fall-back; a Friend Has Your Back

Find a Friend

It was a Sunday. Cousin David was driving a new Lincoln out-of-state and bending the speedometer needle past 100 miles per hour hurrying home. His passenger was The Judge. They were stopped by the friendly state police and issued a citation with a required court appearance the next morning.

David didn’t mind the fine but he couldn’t show up in court: he had to be at his business early Monday – he had concrete to pour. But it was the weekend and all official offices were closed.

What to do?

The Judge says, “Stop at the next town; we gotta find a friend.”

So they stopped at the State Farm Insurance office on Main Street, made introductions to the agent on duty and told him their dilemma. They discovered mutual friends — six degrees of separation and all.

The insurance agent knew the local law enforcement (his brother, I believe) and invited his kinfolk over. David confessed, paid the fine and got back on the road and headed home with The Judge.

In trouble? Need to make a sale? Run a big project? Remember that you are not alone; no man is an island as John Donne reminds us. Yes, we must face Our Maker alone as we cross over to eternity, but we should not face anything alone on this side. We all need support at one time or another. Or all the time.

The Air Force calls this relationship a Wing Man; the Army has the Ranger Buddy; the civilian counter-part has “got your back.” Scripture calls this a friend.

Find a Friend.

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And sometimes our “friends” might help too much. Charmaine worked in the West Wing of the White House and was on an errand. As she walked through the historic halls, she noticed something that wasn’t there.

Nancy Reagan didn’t care much for President Reagan’s Chief-of-Staff, Don Regan. Regan, who was chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., from 1971 until 1980. He wanted to see the Executive Branch run like a business.

However, Nancy, the First Lady felt that Regan insulated Reagan too much from his buddies who kept the President balanced. The Chief-of-Staff resigned under pressure.

The next day all pictures of Don Regan were gone.

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Bob Briner, a sports management guru and television Emmy Award winner wrote,

Overprotection is a problem every leader faces, eventually…it’s probably true the more successful you become, the more likely it is that your key people will go out of their way to shield you from unwanted distractions…Don’t let anyone overprotect you from the people you truly need to see. (Briner 1997; 2008)

If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Ecclesiastes 4:10.

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