Lee Ellis is Founder & President of Leadership Freedom LLC & FreedomStar Media.
He is a leadership consultant and expert in team building, executive development & assessments. He has a new book out called Leading with Honor – leadership lessons from his time in a brutal POW camp in North Vietnam. This is an extract from his post on Linked2Leadership.
We often hear of the value of 20/20 hindsight when looking back at the past.
And for me personally, this latest chapter in my life has provided much clarity on what determination and consistent effort can do for getting better results.
In facing the second half of 2012, I believe there is great benefit and encouragement to be gained by looking back—and with my new book, LEADING with HONOR: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton out, I’ll focus this blog entry on a pressure-tested lesson learned from the POW camps of North Vietnam in something I call:
1,955 Days—Improving My German and Chin-ups One Day at a Time
In the early years of our POW captivity, any form of communication was forbidden between prisoners. Consequently, communicating quietly and covertly without getting caught was slow and tedious, taking much of our day.
Still, there were down times when we had to find ways to “escape” the dreary and depressing environment of a gray, smelly, dark dungeon, isolated from family, ten-thousand miles from home.
Making Time Count
As a goal-oriented “action” person locked in a 6.5’ x 7’ cell, I found myself driven to find ways to make the time count.
Like most of my compatriots, achievement was a high value.
It was frustrating for us because we were cut off from the normal outlets for entertainment and recreation, and especially the resources for personal growth andintellectual stimulation. We had no books or magazines and certainly no television.
Watching geckos stalk and capture bugs was a highlight.
Out of necessity and boredom, we learned the value of committing to doing something—almost anything that would give a sense of meaning.
Usually this meant a daily routine—a regimen that over time would yield progress and growth.
Get With the Program
Some guys like cellmate Glenn Myers called it a “program.” …….
You can read more of this fascinating post at this link http://linked2leadership.com/2012/07/13/on-leadership-determination-and-consistent-effort/