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My view of how to manage conflict (for myself)

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My point here is that I can put up with an awful lot of sh*t (I spent 26 years in the military) - but there are certain things that I will not tolerate. One of those things is abusing people who can't defend themselves.

I firmly believe in the concept of "Noblesse oblige". For those not familiar with this, it's the obligation for one to act in the manner expected of the position that you're in. If you're a boss, you're obligated and expected to act as a boss should. IMO one of those obligations is to protect those who can't protect themselves.

I was a Sergeant Major in the US Army. I was the boss and things were done my way. I had 535 people who would go out and kill if I told them to. Most of them were teenagers and all of them had automatic weapons - so I had to learn to pick my battles. But once battle was joined, I learned quickly to fight all out in order to win.

Obviously I can't fight exactly the same as I did in the Army - but I'm still of that mindset when I join battle (figuratively). So I will go all out to achieve my goals.

I've also learned to join battle in different ways. Especially when I'm in a situation where I'm going to lose. In those cases I inflict (figuratively) as much damage as I can (while holding to my principles) before gallantly (I hope) withdrawing from the field of battle.

This differs from my earlier days, when I'd fight forever, never giving up. Can you imagine the disruption that would occur if I never gave up? It'd affect not only those that I was fighting, but would spill over into the lives of those who aren't directly involved in the battle.

In short, you must limit your battles by precise application of the Principles of Warfare (obviously this is suitably modified for use in civilian situations). Namely, a part of your "Objective" is to cause minimal civilian casualties.

FYI - here's the Principles of Warfare as I learned them (from [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principles_of_warfare[/url] ):
[B][U]Objective:[/U][/B] Direct every military operation toward a clearly defined, decisive and attainable objective. "The ultimate military purpose of war is the destruction of the enemy's armed forces and will to fight."
[B][U]Offensive:[/U][/B] Seize, retain, and exploit the initiative. Even in defense, a military organization is expected to maintain a level of aggressiveness by patrolling and launching limited counter-offensives.
[B][U]Mass:[/U][/B] Mass the effects of overwhelming combat power at the decisive place and time.
[B][U]Economy of Force:[/U][/B] Employ all combat power available in the most effective way possible; allocate minimum essential combat power to secondary efforts.
[B][U]Maneuver:[/U][/B] Place the enemy in a position of disadvantage through the flexible application of combat power.
[B][U]Unity of Command:[/U][/B] For every objective, seek unity of command and unity of effort.
[B][U]Security:[/U][/B] Never permit the enemy to acquire unexpected advantage.
[B][U]Surprise:[/U][/B] Strike the enemy at a time or place or in a manner for which he is unprepared.
[B][U]Simplicity:[/U][/B] Prepare clear, uncomplicated plans and concise orders to ensure thorough understanding.

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Updated 04-07-2012 at 07:29 AM by usasma

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