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3/8/2014

A battleship assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. The visibility was poor due to fog, so the captain remained on the deck to control all activities.
Shortly after dark, lookouts reported: "light, in the right direction."
The captain shouted: “Is it steady or moving backwards?".
The lookouts said: "steady", which means we are on a dangerous collision course with that ship.
The captain said to signalman: "Give a signal to the ship that we are on a collision direction and recommend that you change course 20 degrees."
Back came a signal: "Advisable for you to change 20 degrees.”
The captain said: "Send the message, I'm captain and they must change course 20 degrees."
Came the reply: “You had better change course 20 degrees.”
By that time the captain became angry. He shouted: "Send the message, I'm a battleship. Change course 20 degrees. "
Came the reply: “I am a lighthouse.”
Then the squadron changed its course.

Training tip of tale:
Organization’s core values, like the lighthouse that can’t be changed. We can’t possibly violate the values. We will only destroy ourselves for violating those values. But we can learn and apply the values. In any passion organization, real chiefs are the core values. The values are guidelines for behavior of managers. Managers don’t guide others. In this position, the manager will act in the role of leader, not just a moderator. Value is not only a management tool but also is a method of living.

Source of story: Service Development Company of Spring Management
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