Delayed Communication is Lethal

When there’s a mist in the pulpit, there’s a fog in the pews! (Homiletic Proverb)

There were 2,100 casualties in the Battle of New Orleans.  Future President of the fledgling American Experiment, Andrew Jackson, proved his valor in the heat of numerous battles throughout a campaign along the coastal regions of a young country against hostile cousins from across the pond (Great Britain).

It was a waste.  People died in vain.  Soldiers woke up and faced death on a daily basis for no good reason.  Why?  Nearly 6 weeks earlier the war had ended.  The Treaty of Ghent had been executed by the crowned prince of England and the American ambassador ending a bloody rift that we read about as the War of 1812It took nearly 6 weeks for the news of peace to reach the battlefields of the frontier.

I’m sure a decision maker in Washington informed the generals and admirals to “pass along the news” and a cascade of relays happened from commanders to officers to field personnel across dozens of organizations.  Somebody had “sent a memo” and it was truly en route.  Yes there were bloody mornings where thousands of soldiers contemplated never seeing their family again in the face of battle in a war that was technically over – but the bullets were no less real.

This piece of history has fascinated me for years.  It seems such a powerful picture of what happens in our companies, churches and our journey of faith.  Organizationally this happens today.  Individually we live this.  We advance policies that are expired by new vision and strategies.  We try to manage issues by the flesh when the Spirit of the Living God is at work in us.  We hold grudges and view people as they once were oblivious to transformations that have happened outside of our purview.

How do you fight this in your leadership?  What are you doing to prevent a Battle of New Orleans tragedy in your organization, your team, your life?

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