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On Hallowed Ground

By June 30, 2013Newsletters

These pages are generally reserved for matters of business, economics, human capital and deals; but today, however, we focus on how history can reinforce the importance of individual efforts to an organization’s overall success.

July 1-3, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg – a battle that many argue was the most decisive in a war that had significant consequences in the history of our country.

The details of this battle reveal that the actions of specific individuals throughout its three days were of great significance to the outcome – from the decision-making of General Meade overall to the decisions of Colonel Strong Vincent and the efforts of the soldiers of the 20th Maine Regiment during the fight for Little Round Top.

And so, perhaps in and amongst the barbecue and beers, we can take ourselves back to July 1863 and learn more of the feats of individuals in pursuit of victory and for the second half of 2013, apply some of these lessons to today’s business battlefield fraught with changes in Federal Reserve Policy, slowdowns in China, and worldwide popular discontent.

Here are a few Gettysburg activities for the long 4th of July weekend:

  • Ponder the Gettysburg Address:  “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal…”
  • Read  “On Hallowed Ground:  A Walk at Gettysburg” by James McPherson, a 144-page, quick, entertaining and knowledgeable read of this battle
  • Watch or DVR a two-hour special on the History Channel, airing Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at 2 p.m.

Happy 4th!

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