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Leadership from a different perspective – An Urban Legend

Naked Leader Week – 123 (w/c Monday 26th September 2005)

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Leadership from a different perspective – An Urban Legend

A few weeks ago I asked for your favourite “urban legends” – stories that we cannot prove are actually true, are inspiring nonetheless and most importantly are action-provoking nonetheless.

This is a great one, thank you to Glyn Morris for telling me about it:

With my warmest best wishes and love to you and to anyone you choose to send this on to – spreading hope, peace and love around the world



What Goes Around, Comes Around

 His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to eke out a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black mulch, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

 The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. “I want to repay you,” said the nobleman. “You saved my son’s life.”

 “No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,” the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel. “Is that your son?” the nobleman asked. “Yes,” the farmer replied proudly.

 “I’ll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good education. If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll grow to a man you can be proud of.”

 And that he did. In time, Farmer Fleming’s son graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin.

 Years afterward, the nobleman’s son was stricken with pneumonia. What saved him? Penicillin.

 The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son’s name? Sir Winston Churchill.

 Someone once said, “What goes around, comes around.”


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