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Are you afraid to rock the boat?

While serving as a United States Marine (1997-2001), I read the following article “Are you afraid to rock the boat?” by Major General Stanley. In the article, the Major General addresses the importance of self-respect and courage to face those problems and injustice. His message had a powerful effect on me as an NCO and person, since I strongly felt it was my duty to look out for the welfare of the junior Marines in my unit. Stanley’s words strengthened my conviction! I learned early on that respect is something that is earned, and should never be demanded. And when I took care of my Marines, they in-turn looked out for my best interests: in other words loyalty.

I kept the article and recently reread it when I was confronted with situation where my employer was circumventing the law to avoid granting employee benefits. Actually the situation has yet to be resolved, but the important thing is that I learned a great deal about how people react to breach of contract and the effect on ones psychological contract. We spent over a year trying to resolve the problems informally through our supervisor. Unfortunately he was unable to fix the problem, so along with my colleagues, we drafted an 11 page grievance which outlined our employers infractions and who we held responsible and possible remedies.

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