We’ve been asked by many of our customers for periodic, no-nonsense emails with just-in-time information for managers and knowledge workers on how organizations work. This is our 46th issue and we hope you enjoy it. Past issues are available on our website.
What We're Reading
"Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand by Random House Hardcover, 2010
The subtitle of this book is "A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" which summarizes this remarkable story. I could not put this book down. I was drawn immediately to the main character, Louis Zamperini's untamed spirit as a young boy. He, however had a family that did its best to channel that spirit into a positive force. His highly accomplished brother started Louie running track, so he could finally get some attention for doing something right. He ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and was training for the 1940 Games when the war intervened. Like most men of his generation he enlisted and became an airman trained in using bombsights. Based in Hawaii after Pearl Harbor, he was on a search and rescue flight when his plane crashed in the Pacific. There began his epic story of survival. Physical survival is one thing, mental and emotional survival is quite another as this story so clearly shows. So much of Louie's background before the war showed signs that when he was thrown huge challenges; he was going to be able to gather the energy to fight. Deep reserves of emotional energy must have been created early in life for there is little explanation why on a raft in the Pacific or in a prisoner of war camp, with the same physical conditions, some will live and some will not.
Louis does survive the war. But he does not come home unwounded. He was singled out for especially brutal treatment at the hands of a war criminal. What we now know of as post-traumatic stress disorder led Louie to alcoholism. He could have had an understandably sad life. But once again, he had an astonishing experience that many who have recovered from an 'ism' will recognize. It somehow seems altogether fitting that something like this happened to Louie and that he did recover and used his experience to serve others. I was moved by this story because it is not only Louie's; it also contains other characters that are just as inspiring.
"Little by little the look of the country changes because of the men we admire" Larry McMurtry has a character say in Hud. Wouldn't it be nice to again admire and make heroes out of people like Louie and his colleagues? Why hasn't someone like him been a Time's Person of the Year?
Weekly TrustTalk™ Podcast
Starting today, on our website you'll find a brief, free podcast giving you a tip about team trust taken from our TrustTalk™ product. There will be a new one each week, only available for one week starting each Wed.
As you may know, all of the Thin Books are currently available on the Kindle. By March 1st, we expect all of the books to also be available for iBooks and the Nook (Barnes & Noble). We'll announce their arrival on www.thinbook.com.