Don’t worry, I’m not inviting you to die today. I’d rather you live for as long as your body was designed for. Nobody likes to talk about death or dying. However, if you are one of those people who are able to say “It is a good day to die!” with full conviction and with full satisfaction, please contact me. I really would like to get to know you better.
You know exactly what I meant. You know that, like what Al Pacino said in “Any Given Sunday”, in any fight, it’s the guy who’s willing to die that’s gonna win that fight. Well, are you? As a leader, are you? Only then can you expect your people to make the same kind of commitment. You want committed people? Then bring your own level of commitment much, much higher!
I’ve come toe-to-toe with others in situations that could probably have spelled career death. Usually it was over things that I knew were not right, and I wasn’t going to do those things I was being asked to do. Did I go toe-to-toe because I didn’t care about my career? No. I took pride in what I did, and in who I was. But I knew what was right and I was willing to die, career-wise, in order to stand up for what I knew was right. Strangely, that didn’t quite happen. People came to respect what I stood for and some even began to appreciate it.
The one thing I learned since then was that I could have probably phrased my stand much better than I did. If you face similar “death” situations, put your point across with courtesy and diplomacy. It serves your purpose a lot better.