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A Message to Garcia (Little Books of Wisdom) Hardcover – February 1, 1993
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Hubbard's inspiration for his "preachment" was an obscure but important event in the 1898 Spanish-American War. President McKinley needed someone to quickly deliver a message to an insurgent general somewhere in the jungles of Cuba. An army officer was recommended and McKinley personally handed the message to this officer with the mission to deliver the "message to Garcia." This officer's unhesitating acceptance of his mission with no superfluous questions and his subsequent completion of the mission is Hubbard's definition of an invaluable subordinate.
Hubbard's lessons of initiative (doing the right thing without being told) and loyalty to yourself, your boss, and your organization (doing the right thing when told only once) are timeless and well told. Hubbard spoke to all leaders and subordinates when he wrote, "It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing -- "Carry a message to Garcia.""
Now day, there are too many people like to say this is not accomplishable and that's not workable without having a try, without even "a Think". Many are giving too much of excuses.
In addition, personally i think, this book is not only should be given by employer to employee, employer himself also should learn the lesson. I.e. One of the reason that Rowan can successfully deliver the message is because, His "employer", after given the objective, They fully delegate the task to Rowan, They did not care for the detail, They did not pretend to be smart to teach Roman on how to do it, They did not interfere, They trust Rowan, and give Rowan all the neccessary authority to make decision. Just imagine if all the important decision that Rowan make have to get approval first then only can respond. Do you think The Message can be successafully delivered?
I hope Employer also have to bear this in mind before blaming your employee for not that responsible and self-motivate as Rowan. Think first. Think do you really trust your staff, Think do they have all the neccessary authotiry to make decison, think that did you did your job good enough as a employer...?
Furthermore, ensure the Objective that you give is meaningful to your employee, let your employee have that kind of feeling of important.Read more ›
Using the true story of a messenger in the Spanish-American War as an example, Hubbard teaches this lesson: when a superior asks you to do something -- no matter how difficult or crazy or impossible it may sound -- just go get it done. Don't say anything; don't make any funny faces; don't look to others for help -- just go and do it.
In a society where authority is too often degraded, Hubbard's old-fashioned-radio-editorial-style essay reminds us that conformity can be good. I would qualify this by saying that any conformity should be conscientious conformity (you must not do something that goes against ethical principles).
To anyone really considering buying this really, really short, really, really over-priced book: you can find it online for really, really free.
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My husband and I both read this, which only took a few minutes. I am shocked that this was written so long ago and is yet so completely relevant today. Read morePublished 5 days ago by WamQQk
everybody needs to read this and learn how to become invaluable. bgPublished 1 month ago by bobby goldstein
A must read. I buy them for the seniors that are graduating out of my program.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My copy had foreign ink writing assuming from a pen. Bright yellow clear marker was smeared over the text. With a person's name and date in the front pages.Published 2 months ago by James W. Smith
Not much really to write about this classic tale. Should be as widely distributed as feasible, particularly for issuance to young people about Jr. High age.Published 4 months ago by wes
Simple moral truths that today seem forgotten or abandoned. There are yet folks of high moral calling among us I think.Published 4 months ago by e