If you think about it, there are a lot of things you can learn from the people in your company. In my case, there are really a lot of things I can learn. But for now, I’ll just speak about one.
1. Never leave a man behind.
This is inspired by Dr. Kent Brantly and his miraculous survival of the deadly Ebola virus. Today, Dr. Brantly and his family were with us at Samaritan’s Purse International Headquarters in Boone, NC.
Pardon the blurry picture!
Here is an excellent article by our President, Franklin Graham, which outlines the decisions around Dr. Brantly’s treatment.
There was some pressure to not allow Ebola patients to come back to the US for treatment. I’m proud of Franklin Graham and the staff at Samaritan’s Purse for, as usual, doing what’s right instead of what’s popular. The popular decision would have been to leave Dr. Brantly in Liberia and let him die from Ebola. People didn’t want to take the risk. It was unpopular.
Franklin Graham said it was “No ethical dilemma” to bring Dr. Brantly back home. He was not willing to leave a man behind. It wasn’t popular, but it was the right decision to bring him home and use the best medical care in the world to bring him back to health. Are you willing to do great things for people who do great things? Are you willing to take risks for those who take risks? Some organizations are good at sitting back and pondering the great questions of life. We happen to be very effective at getting things done.
I’m proud to work for an organization that won’t leave a man behind.