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Book Review: A Message to Garcia

I recently finished Elbert Hubbard’s A Message to Garcia. It’s a quick 30-minute read.

The book praises the result of a man named Rowan who was tasked by President McKinley to deliver a message to… well, a man named Garcia. This story occurs during the U.S.-Spain war in the late 1800s. Obviously, there was no cell phone, no email, or other rapid way to reach Garcia. In fact, Garcia was, at the time, buried in the forests of Cuba.

Rowan was tasked to deliver this message with no other instruction or details as to Garcia’s whereabouts or how to communicate with him. It was a simple need. Rowan had anything but a simple task. However, he dutifully took McKinley’s message, and delivered to Garcia.

This mini-book has been printed millions of times over, and has been used in business, in the military, everywhere. It’s message is clear – with no other instruction, does a mission get accomplished. There were no other details, and Rowan set out to accomplish said mission. There were no ifs, ands, or buts. There was no more information other than Garcia’s name and a rough interest as to who he was. That was it.

Who on your team is Rowan? Are you the type to look for answers and study and review before even trying to accomplish some task? Who is someone you can count on to just get the job done? Who can deliver the message to Garcia?

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