I was having dinner with some friends the other night when they told me about their new cat they named Leeroy – before they could finish I instinctively yelled out – “JEEEEENNNNNNKKKKKKKINNNNNNNNNSSSSSSSS”. No one knew what I was talking about – they had never heard of the legend.
I tried – valiantly – to educate them because hey who doesn’t know about Leeroy? I know it’s old, but still it’s so relevant to what we do today. I even showed them the old grainy video.
Let me break it down for you…
- A bunch of people are sitting in a room – humming and hawing about what to do – running the numbers for probably the eighteenth time. (sound familiar)
- One guy stands up to stay – “let’s do this”.
- And then the epic battle cry.
How many times have you been in a board room and thought – “People c’mon, just pick an option and let’s go with it” – it can be hard – people are afraid of making the wrong choice and failing and having that on them for what they seem is the rest of their professional career.
I’ll always take the person that makes the call, if it’s right – AWESOME, if it’s wrong – I’m glad you made the call and gave it your best shot. And bonus to the guy/gal that makes the call and let’s their battle cry ring through the boardroom.
BTW – Leeroy dies, but he made a call and gave it a shot.