By Patrick Estebe
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
The gangs got that one right; the group is mighty the individual is irrelevant. Every veteran knows it just as anyone with sea time. For the rest of us it can become tricky as most of us end up living far away from close friends and families.
Rudyard Kipling said it best:
Now this is the Law of the Jungle –
as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper,
but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk
the Law runneth forward and back –
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf,
and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
In an emergency, to regroup with your team is the immediate priority. Do not waste time thinking about the fact that a man’s home is his castle; castles are easily over run when lacking man power, and your dwelling is probably very short on man power. When the inevitable decision to get on the move is taken, where to go becomes a pertinent question that should be addressed long before the cars are packed.
Make sure that while you are heading for your friend’s or father’s place, they are not already en route to your brother’s. Remember that cell phones are off line at the first big Boom, and may stay that way for a while. Define the muster place or muster places so that everyone knows where to go even if out of touch. If it is a boat, (an excellent idea) make sure everyone knows where it is and where it will go next for those who will miss the tide. If it is a distant place in the mountains you may want to get together before getting there so that the trip itself is more secure.
Everyone should have, or be part of, a team; at least four other able bodied trusted friends to depend on. Especially if one has dependants; it will be much more productive for your family security to get some people together to go to a safe haven. This could mean about as many families as they are able bodied men but at least there will be more man power. Those without dependants are somewhat safer because they can be more mobile, but they are still more vulnerable by themselves; the strength of the wolf is in the pack. There should be a balance between the number of dependants and the size of the team, just like there is a balance on any boat between the number of passengers and the number of crew. Do not ever leave anyone behind; just beef up your team until there are enough able bodied people to carry-on.
When selecting a crew for a job, I use the T.R.A.L.S. check list for each individual. Trust, Resourcefulness, Alacrity, Loyalty and Skills are the deciding factors in selecting a team.
Trust is the glue of the team. Trust is more important than skills, intelligence or fitness. Without trust nothing is possible. This is one of the roots of the world crisis; world elites have lost their legitimacy because they cannot be trusted anymore. Trust has evaporated from our societies. And trust must not only be present, it must absolutely go both ways; one must be able to trust his life to his crew, but the crew must absolutely trust the leader on/with their lives so that orders are executed promptly without question.
Resourcefulness is the second most important virtue because things seldom go according to plan. There is simply no room for “No; can’t do” attitude. Anyone with leadership experience knows how much energy is required to lead any group; resourceful people save a lot of that energy. Resourcefulness is one of the parameters that make the difference between the crew and the passengers who could in fact be very valuable resources thank to specific skills such as IT people, but would lack resourcefulness. The 2007 movie “Live Free or Die Hard” is a good illustration (stretched as only Hollywood can) of this association of one crew with great resourcefulness and one passenger with great resources.