NASA was trying to guess when and where the 6-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite will hit the earth. They said it may occur any time between Thursday September 22nd and Sunday September 25th and could land as far north as Alberta, Canada or as far south as the southernmost tip of South America.
A family in Okotoks, Alberta–a suburb of Calgary–believes they caught footage of the fiery death spasms of NASA’s UARS satellite, parts of which returned to earth early last Saturday morning after two decades in orbit. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20111230-93/nasas-falling-satellite-caught-on-video/
In any event it fell, and they had estimated any one person’s odds of being hit by a piece of it were 1 in 21 trillion. So there was no need to wear a helmet unless your luck had gotten you hit by lightning several times and wanted to err on the side of caution.
In stark contrast we all get “hit” every day by falling leadership. The effects are easily observed and can cause serious problems if we do not know how to protect ourselves from the frustration of being around ineffective leaders. The best way to deal with ineffective leaders is to help them. Dr. John Maxwell’s book “The 360° Leader” presents 6 ways to avoid frustration when following an ineffective leader.
- Develop a solid relationship – instead of trying to stay away from them, get to know them, find common ground on which you can work with them
- Identify & appreciate your leader’s strengths – even an ineffective leader has strengths; find them and think about how they may be of value to the organization.
- Commit to adding value to your leader’s strengths – help leverage the leader’s strengths to be of value
- Get permission to help complement your leader’s weaknesses – once the leader admits their weaknesses find others who can help in the areas the leader is weak
- Expose your leader to good leadership resources – share material that has helped you
- Publicly say positive things about the leader – help make the leader’s strengths known which will help build the leader’s confidence.
So instead of trying to avoid the falling debris from an ineffective leader, be a leader yourself and do everything possible to aid, support and show brotherly love. The end result; you get a better leader and you’re a better Mason.