One day a Game Warden drove up to a large pond and saw a man in a fishing boat out in the middle. He stopped the car and decided to watch for a few minutes. Just then the man in the boat lit a stick of dynamite and threw it into the water.
Boom!! Suddenly there were dozens of fish floating at the surface and the man proceeded to scoop them up with a net.
Outraged at this highly illegal act, the Warden jumped into an empty boat and rowed out to the man, shouting as he approached. “What do you think you are doing? Are you nuts or something? Don’t you know that’s illegal?”
The old man in the boat looked at the approaching Game Warden with disinterest and reached down into his boat. When the Warden came along side the man calmly handed him a lit stick of dynamite and said: “You want to talk or fish?”
As a dedicated flyfisherman, this story goes against all my values, ethics and practices of fishing, but it is a good laugh. And it has a point as well.
As we look at the state of things around the world; economic stagnation, rising national debts in many once strong nations, the failure of the Arab Spring to bring about any fundamental improvements, the long drawn-out wars where peace and prosperity are faint visions on a smoky horizon, the weakness of politicians to do the “right thing” instead of the “easy thing”.
It’s time to fix things and stop talking about them. The solutions are available. The studies have been made and confirmed. The improvements are possible. What is lacking is action! And in the world of societies this translates into personal and political will. In many countries the only opportunity for change is revolution in the streets. In the US, UK and other democratic countries we can affect change through the ballot box. If we move from talk to action. An d it is not just action at the ballot box that is important, but action by our elected officials, action by the millions who can volunteer their time, energy and expertise to bringing about sustainable improvements, action by global businesses who can shift from a singular focus on profits to a balanced focus of doing well and doing good for the communities they serve and for the planet we all live on.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty. – Thomas Jefferson
You want to talk or fish?
Written and Posted by: John R. Childress
Senior Executive Advisor on Leadership, Culture and Strategy Execution Issues,
Business Author and Advisor to CEOs
Visiting Professor, IE Business School, Madrid
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