Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
April 9, 2015

Many years ago, a horse rider came across some soldiers who were trying to move a heavy log without success. The corporal was standing by as the men struggled. The rider asked the corporal why he wasn’t helping. The corporal replied, “I am the corporal; I give orders.”

The rider dismounted, went up and stood by the soldiers and as they were lifting the log, he helped them. With his help, the log got moved.

The rider quietly mounted his horse and went to the corporal and said, “The next time your men need help, send for the Commander-in-Chief.” After he left, the corporal and his men found out that the rider was George Washington.

The Book of Virtues, edited by William J. Bennett, 
  Simon & Schuster, New York, 1993, p. 204.


  1. That reminds me of a drawing that illustrated two styles of leadership, or at least two ways people might think of as leadership.

    One half of the picture showed a man standing on a large stone with a heavy rope around it, being pulled by workers. He was gesturing, for them to go or possibly to go a certain way.

    The other half showed the same picture except the ‘leader’ was now down with the workers at the front of the line helping pull.

    I know which example I like …

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  2. Both Dilbert and George made an impact today – Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

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  3. George Washington is one historical figure who was a true hero. This example is one of many stories that highlight his humility, courage, integrity, wisdom, faith, and more. Such an example to us all!

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