Sharing Power Case Study #2

by | Mar 19, 2003 | Archives

The title of a motivational speech shows why society has so many sicknesses.

Over the weekend a notice in the business section of the Winston-Salem Journal jumped so strongly off the page that this entire Case Study was added to the course.

“Sharing Power” shows us that powerful things enhance life. Force defeats life, creates resistance and in the long run does not work. Controllers use force we know, but we can spot and defeat negative efforts of controllers by understanding the workings of power and force.

This notice in the paper announced a workshop entitled, “Tigers Starve Last in the Jungle” which was held for an important Chamber of Commerce (specific names are withheld to avoid embarrassing anyone). I know nothing about this course, nor do I intend to. Because I do not know the contents of the workshop, perhaps I misunderstood the flavor of the title. Even so the misunderstood title can help us use knowledge we have gained in Sharing Power.

Being a former South Florida resident, one of the biggest environmental concerns is saving the endangered Florida Panther. The title “Tigers Starve Last in the Jungle” gives me pause. I grew up as a zoo keeper's son and helped raise lions and tigers. (Here is a newspaper picture of my sister and me 45 years ago with our baby lioness). So I do know from all those years ago that Siberian and Bengal Tigers are also endangered.

“Are tigers the last in the jungle to starve?” is my question. Actually predators are the first to go in an imbalanced food chain. Though South Florida is putting stress on all its wildlife, there is far less shortage of deer, wild hogs and other plant eating animals, than on the predators.

So the first point we can make is that tigers in fact are among the first to starve in the jungle. There is more. Sharing Power reminds us that force creates resistance. We can be sure that few animals surrender to the tiger without resistance. Yet how strongly do the grass and roots fight the deer and the wild hog?

Yet there is even more.

This title shows us how an important part of our society (a part that flows through our leaders) believes that the right way to succeed in business is to be aggressive and tough like a tiger. Such thinking permeates our system, because the system is infiltrated with controllers. Controllers believe in “win-lose” relationships that are forced. Power always creates “win-win.”

So next time someone suggests to you that you will be rewarded for acting like a tiger, beware. The person or system suggesting this to you may be full of tiger hunters and the reward offered may be the bait!

Until next lesson, may the power be with you.