Silence is worse: all truths that are kept silent become poisonous.
The cook assigned to my unit in Iraq was less than a year away from full retirement from the Navy. He had never been to war, and he was quite honest in his wish not to go. Reluctant though he was, he went. In the military, we don’t give invitations. We give orders. Before he showed up, I had heard that he had fought tooth and nail not to have to go. I knew this situation was bound to provide a leadership moment.
Upon his arrival, I immediately brought him into my office and ...