Friday Fable. Lubans’ “The Rope and the Cleat”.

Posted by jlubans on September 27, 2013

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Caption: Well berthed boat, ship/shape, rope and cleat.
“(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay”, the cleat was berating a rope tied to a boat: “You are such a wuss, you give in and surrender to the waves; you are a real slacker! And you, unlike me, are easily cut in two. An iron bar between me and the boat would be much stronger and safer; anything would be better than a slinky like you to face the storm’s winds and waves!”
A fisherman, overhearing the cleat’s tirade, began to think (not his strong suit) that the cleat was right. With the coming storm a rigid iron bar would be better than a flimsy rope. While he should have known better, he went ahead and cast aside the ropes and replaced them with iron bars, secured with D-rings to the boat at one end and to the cleat at the other.
A storm came up that night and was gone by the morning – along with the boat! When the sad fisherman looked down into the murky water dockside he saw his sunken boat with its starboard side impaled by the two iron bars. The cleat, torn out when the boat sank, was still attached with its D-ring to the iron bar.

And so it is at work when the adamant change opponent finds herself slowly sinking below the waves, going down with the boat instead of working towards change. We should aspire to be like the rope and dip with the waves, emulate the movement of the wave, judiciously accommodating and riding out the storm. Be able - like we are advised in the Thirty-six Stratagems -to win without battle, “use the enemy's own strength against him.”

Library of the Week: Foley Center Library, Gonzaga University.
Leading from the Middle is featured in the library’s 2013 "Organizational Leadership Guide" (to resources).
Link to it here.


Copyright John Lubans 2013
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Posted by russ on September 27, 2013  •  11:36:26

'tis indeed a foolish cleat not to know that 1" double braided line is good to about 35,000 pounds tensile strength.

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