19 weeks after,a Champions League exit,world Club cup tragedy,FA cup sem-final berth,League cup ouster,top four battle and Europa cup sailing,the Rafael Benitez era has been crafted after a best-selling flick.The thespians,viewers and makers have given us a story to be engrossed in and follow.The fans of the self-acclaimed Pride of London have never hidden their dislike for the Spanish soccer technocrat and he in return has shown no sign of being perturbed.He keeps going about his interim managerial duties with his well-known style of getting things done(squad rotation et al).All these have seemingly pointed to the possibility of a script being played out by the 52-year old experienced manager.

  Roman Abrahamovich’s executive administration may be questionable considering the ruthlessness stamp,personal imposition,pecuniaryy flaunt & gratitude lack but truth be said,it has brought him trophies.And that’s what a club’s largesse and legacy are about.Despite these,a lot of us were taken aback by his decision to hire Rafa,a foe of the London club in his time of handling the Kops.Deed’s been done,the results might never get undone.What if this script had long been written and on November 11,2012,the writer had this grin of a victorious creator of a thrilling saga.

  The events of the past few weeks have brought this thought of mine to the fore.Nothing could have been done about the Champions League exit,may be the Corinthians hammering couldn’t have been avoided,may be the loss to Swansea was divine but there are reasons for thoughts like mine to arise.When your selections keep showing a penchant for regression than progression,brows must be raised. Against Manchester United in the FA Cup 6th round 1st leg,the defensive midfield position was ABSENT until Mikel’s introduction as a substitute;against Southampton the other day,that combination of Oscar,Marin & Moses that also didn’t work against QPR in that painful home loss was used.The regular use of Torres(I know he had a brace in his last game) even with his awful form compared to Ba’s better output,poor defence rotation favouring the erratic and rash David Luiz making the duo of Ivanovic & Terry rusty,continued questionable midfield rotations and more point to the fact that Benitez’s intentions for Chelsea are questionable.Finishing in the top four is Chelsea’s utmost priority,why sacrifice a league match for an FA cup sem-final showdown with Manchester City that you have no guarantee of winning?

  So my thought is what if Benitez’s script reads the winning of (a) trophy(ies) & a top four struggle cum eventual loss? Adding to the trophy cabinet bolsters his credentials,a top four loss makes it impossible for Chelsea to win over a top coach to take over in the summer.These would make his interim post approach the “permanent site”.Perhaps that he desires,the next six weeks would dispel or fuel this suspicion.I watch in interest and hope the best comes to the Russian billionaire’s nest!


Power of Example


We are very familiar with the words-”lead by example”, but the truth is whether you are a leader, a follower or just an “observer” (not leading, not following), exemplary living takes you to your dream. What is it about being an example or living by example that makes it have any power of sort? Are there lessons to follow and blessings to see grow as one lives by example? Great questions and we would learn their great answers also.
  From the leader’s perspective, the exemplary way of doing things and living sustains his position. It defines his ability to perform and subtly coerces his followers to do same. There is a popular saying about children-“they are willing to do what they see than obey what they hear”- and I think this also applies to the leader-follower relationship not just the parent-child one. It is therefore right to say living by example is contagious, religious and audacious. Each of these three adjectives aptly defines the exemplary life. The reason you do not see any qualm in kneeling to serve as your leader has done is because of its infectious or contagious nature. Because of the contact you have maintained with your leader, his examples are your buckles (making your actions tight and right). Contagious? Definitely so but religious? I don’t see that you may say.
  When exemplary living is said to be religious, it means it is passioned, ordered and celebrated. Religion is about having passion for that Being you worship, having doctrines and instructions meant to instill order and ultimately hope of always celebrating (one victory or the other). Living by example also has the big three in the sense that it injects you with passion; to always abide by right and instituted order for desired consummate celebration, audacity; has to do with boldness, braveness, fearlessness et cetera and boldness and fearlessness-this helps you at times when it just seems alright to deviate or compromise, keeping you principled and following right order.
  We have learnt the power of example from the leader’s perspective, it is also important you see it from the other side of the divide. There are more followers than leaders, so I believe this perspective is greatly important as it affects most of us. Why must the follower also live by example, whether the leader is doing so or not? So many reasons abound but we will look at only a few.
  The first and most important reason for me is that it is a display of responsibility. When a follower decides to live by example, he is showing he is responsible and in effect, pressurizes the leader to become and/or remain responsible by being an example also. Every time you do what is right no matter how strenuous it is on you because of your decision to be an example, it is an offering of sacrifice that brings success faster. Whenever the follower sees it as a burden to be exemplary, the work is done quicker and success is faster and mastered. Last among the reasons I would be sharing is that it builds followers that will become leaders tomorrow. It just doesn’t groom you to become a potential leader tomorrow but an eventual capable leader.
  If you have not been living by example, preferring to take the mediocre stand of eye-service, obstinacy or non-chalance, it is time to change and watch yourself leap to the peak. Always remember below is too crowded, there’s more than enough room at the top; see you there-the apogee!