Having Your Buddy’s Back
Having Your Buddy’s Back
“From now until the end of the world, we and it shall be remembered.
We few, we Band of Brothers.
For he who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.”
– William Shakespeare (“King Henry V”)
These words have special meaning for us at Rogue. We are all military veterans with multiple overseas tours, and those that have been in that situation know the meaning of this quote all too well. When you ask someone in the military, who has performed a valorous act, how they were able to do the things they have, inevitably answers of patriotism, family and a desire to serve something larger than oneself are put forth; however, by in large, most will answer that they did what they had to do to keep the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines to their left and right safe and get them home alive. Although I am not a big fan of quoting movies, the character “Hoot” in Blackhawk Down summarized this best:
“When I go home people’ll ask me, “Hey Hoot, why do you do it man? What, you some kinda war junkie?” You know what I’ll say? I won’t say a goddamn word. Why? They won’t understand. They won’t understand why we do it. They won’t understand that it’s about the men next to you, and that’s it. That’s all it is.”
You may ask yourself, how does this apply to me and my everyday life? How does “having my friend’s back” or putting other people first benefit me? Although the answer may seem obvious to some, others have no experience with this concept. Have you ever worked in an environment where everybody did their own thing and looked out only for themselves? I’m willing to bet it was not a very functional or productive place to work. Or maybe you have been in a relationship where your partner never looked out for your needs and always put themselves first. Again, I’m guessing it didn’t last very long.
Putting others before oneself is a pivotal part of any relationship, be it professional or personal. It is also an integral part of team work. Perhaps it is jumping in to help a co-worker who might be overwhelmed with a particular task. Standing next to someone in good times and bad is also a component. Abraham Lincoln ever so eloquently stated:
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right…”
Unfortunately, it is has become so uncommon these days when someone stands up and defends a person who is being wronged. When it happens it is refreshing! Wouldn’t it be nice if we could foster a sense of communication and teamwork in personal and professional lives, a sense of having each other’s back?
The military does a lot of things wrong; however, engendering a sense of camaraderie, teamwork and serving something greater than oneself is something the military does exceptionally well. The Rogue Consulting Group also excels in teambuilding and developing a sense of solidarity. By using a blend of experiential activities sprinkled with some verbal reinforcement and physical challenges, the Rogue team can help a dysfunctional team become more effective and productive. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call to see how we can help.