leadership

Power Play: Never forfeit your right to fight

Rose Herceg /

Power Players always reserve the right to fight. Yes, the sentiment may rhyme, but it’s more than just poetic.

If something is totally dumb or just plain wrong, Power Players fight the injustice. One good, solid, committed fight can be a far better strategy than trying to smooth things over in a gentle way.

Gentle and subtle are always preferable ways to go it but if what’s required is a nice, juicy knock down, then so be it. Think about the scene in The Godfather (Part 1), when Clemenza tells Michael Corleone that every few years a good messy feud between the mafia heads is exactly the ticket: it clears out the bad blood.

Sometimes a good old-fashioned brawl in business achieves exactly the same thing. No amount of pussy-boy behaviour can deliver you quite the same conclusion as a definitive win/lose fight.

Suit up and fight (when you have to). Sometimes it really is the best course of action.

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