"The Big Lebowski" wasn't nominated for an Oscar not a one. No, its dharma was to become a cult classic after its release in the late 1990s. It's best known for a single line near the end: "The dude abides."
"Abide" is an ancient word from Greek and Hebrew, appearing 82 times in the King James version of the Bible. It does not mean, as one might suspect, to tolerate circumstances or passively resign oneself. Its meaning runs much deeper, counseling people to be steadfast regarding what matters, despite obstacles, naysayers and doubts. Lincoln abided. And, come to think of it, the word undergirds a pretty good template for GCs. "The GC abides."
Michael P. Maslanka is the managing partner of the Dallas office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith. He is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His podcasts and "Work Matters" blog can be found at www.texaslawyer.com. His email address is email@example.com.