Still got it

When Bob Dole took the stage to a thunderous applause this past Tuesday morning in the San Diego Convention Center to keynote the ASIS International tradeshow, I began to get a little nervous for him because he didn't look as I had...

After Eisenhower gave the official order to launch the D-Day invasion on June 5, 1944, he retreated to be alone in his tent and put his head in his hand, praying that he had made the right decision, said Dole as he built the drama, retelling this story on the San Diego stage for the ASIS attendees.  And then Eisenhower did something else, Dole continued.  He wrote a short, 4-sentence note that would be delivered to the media in the event that the invasion failed.

The note read: "Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone."

The last sentence echoed in the San Diego hall.  If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.

"Leadership without responsibility isn't leadership at all," concluded Dole, which is a good reminder for all of us regardless of profession. 

And as I left the keynote to make my next ASIS appointment, I kept reflecting upon Dole's speech and the talent with which he had delivered it.  I couldn't help but admit, even after all these years, Bob Dole has still got it.