What Are You Prepared To Do
I’m feeling fairly confident that I will be able to accomplish all of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2019! Here they are: Eat junk food. Gain 20 pounds. Lay on the couch and watch TV. Work more and relax less. What do you think?
In the 1987 film The Untouchables, starting Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness and Sean Connery as Jim Malone, there is a scene in which the two are talking privately in a church about going after Al Capone. When Malone asks Ness if he really wants to get Capone, he says, “You see what I’m saying is, what are you prepared to do?”. Ness replies, “Anything within the law.” To which Malone retorts “And then what are you prepared to do?”
Ness generally follows the lawful path. Until later, as Malone lies dying in Ness’s arms from a barrage of gunfire, and Malone’s last words are again “…what are you prepared to do?” At that point Ness seems willing to deviate from his previous path and take more extreme measures.
Of course at Vertical Performance, we would never suggest that a client to do anything that would be illegal, unethical or immoral. And that is certainly not the intent of me using the analogy of this movie and these specific scenes. But not at all unlike truly committing to new goals and habits at the beginning of a new year, we might be willing to otherwise challenge a client to step out of their normal routine and comfort zone, to finally address and deal with workplace issues.
We might ask “Do you have the “will” to make changes that need to be made?” In yourself? In your leadership or management style? In your organization? Are you “willing” to act? To make the decision to manifest the power you have to choose your path and determine the future of your business or organization?
Yet note this fine distinction – Malone didn’t ask Ness what are you “willing” to do. He asked what are you “prepared” to do. Being ‘prepared’ to act means going beyond being ‘willing’. Being prepared suggests having a plan and being ready to implement that plan. To carry your willingness for change through to the end, maybe against what might feel like insurmountable odds, you need to first prepare and then do.
It is difficult for us at Vertical Performance to help facilitate any lasting change in a workplace if leadership does not have the will to recognize and address the challenges within that workplace, and is not prepared to implement a plan to address those challenges until they are finally resolved.
We love to help businesses and organizations tap into their full potential and become the best version of themselves that they can be. The New Year would be a great time to make that resolution. But what are you really prepared to do towards that end?
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