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Chapter Four: Relationships; 16 April
The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded
than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
|The Relationship With a Team, An Audience, an Army Can Be Managed with Few Words|
He could dominate relationships and on and off of the battlefield. He stood at the end of the conference table, silent. He looked at each man in the eye for a moment, without speaking; without emotion. He was in charge and the room knew it without a word.
The story is told of Napoleon when he first met his commanding generals and how he could wordlessly control the rapport; the connection with his staff.
He could manage relationships with command presence and with silence.
Napoleon was actually about of average height for a male in the early 1800’s at 5’7” but surrounded himself with tall body guards probably each over 6’ which made him appear short. And it didn’t matter. He was called Le Petit Caporal, The Little Corporal, as a term of endearment, even of love, by his men. He had no need to compensate for his stature.
He simply wanted to conquer the world.
Football quarterback Tim Tebow was also able to command silently. His team, the Florida Gators, was down 20 to 17 against rival Alabama with few minutes left in the game. The offense huddled up and waited.
Tebow said nothing but instead looked each man in the eye quiet and still. He said nothing. He broke the huddle and began to move the ball. Tebow led his team to a 31 to 20 win and the National Championship
What to do if your silent presence doesn’t silence your audience? It can still be done – without moving your lips.
Mitt Romney was running for president and bounded onto the stage. The crowd was excited and kept talking and talking as he waited and waited. But they would not quiet own. So he shushed them with a “shusssssss” into the mic. The crowd heard the sound, looked around and then hushed up. Romney stood on the stage smiling and then began his stump speech.
The strength of a relationship can be measured in what is said and what is not said, and in decibel volume and quantity.
Ecclesiastes 9:17 says, The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.