Message to Garcia
1. What would you say is the main message of this story?
I think that it is about the scarcity of and high demand for certain valuable qualities of character. A quality such as; taking on a difficult task and doing whatever it takes to get it done, without having to ask lots of questions on how to solve the problem at hand. It also means in the face of adversity, find a way to get results to get the job done. Rowan set out to do what he was asked to do and he did it. There were no excuses or foot-dragging. He didn't demand that someone give him more detailed plans of how to accomplish this assignment. He didn't hesitate. He didn't waste time. He didn't give up, although there were plenty of temptations to do so. He stayed focused on his goal.
2. Early in the story the author says “General Garcia is dead now, but there are other Garcia’s”. What is he referring to?
This statement was a little confusing to me, but I believe that again he is referring to the fact that this type of character is scare but can be found in limited quantities.
3. If you display a ‘Rowan like attitude’ in your workplace what difference do you think it might make in your career?
I think that characteristics that strong are very hard to come by, it is motivational to think that they can exists in us. Maybe the way that I think has been too skewed but I kind of think that if there was a staff member at my job that possessed these qualities they would either be viewed as fake or trying too hard, or they would be overlooked and taken advantage of. I really wish that I had a different point of view on this but the truth is that it is a tough world and sadly it is not all about your ability, can do attitude or what you can contribute.
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