Would Yoda Survive in Corporate America?

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Imagine your boss hired Yoda as a consultant and sent him to you to help execute on your 2016 key initiatives.

“Alright Yoda, senior leadership says you have alot of wisdom and you’ll be able to help me make some tough decisions.

So, based on what you know, what should we try next?”

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”  

“Ok, sure. I get it, so what should we DO next?

You know we just suffered through our annual strategy session and I think we are ready to make some significant moves.”

“Ready are you? What know you of ready?”

“Well, I think we have some good strategic next steps.”

Yoda pursed his little green lips and began wringing his hands…

“To do something different, you must believe…”

Frustrated, you snark back… “I do believe….Believe in what?”

Yoda extends his crooked tiny finger “The force. Feel the force!”

“Huh, the force? I thought you were going to provide some great insight.

You must be one of those touchy-feely guru guys who don’t provide answers,

but just keep asking questions? Forget it…I think they hired the wrong guy!”

“That is why you fail.” Yoda shakes his head in disapproval.

“Fail, I don’t fail. I have one proven success after another. I just don’t want to… Awww, forget it. You just don’t understand!”

“Train yourself, to let go of everything you fear to lose.”

“I’m just looking for some direction from you. I’m afraid you don’t know the path to execute our 2016 deliverables!”

 “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. 

Anger lead to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

“Yeah, you have a point. I kind of get what you are saying, but…”

Interrupting, Yoda continues…

 “Patience you must have my young padawan.”

“Yes, patience. I’ve heard that before. Let me think for a moment…”

You close your eyes and take a deep breath. Then another…

“Ok, it’s coming together for me. You think we should double down on our people, so they can be more engaged

and will deliver on our brand promise. They will fuel our culture and become change agents,

which will allow us to enable our three-legged stool approach and deliver on our strategic initiatives. Right?”

Nodding along, Yoda smiles…

“Always pass on what you have learned.”

“You are so right, I’ve made that mistake before trying to… I mean DOING it all myself, running into brick walls and ending up exhausted. This time, I’ll communicate it far and wide, and I’ll start with our management team during today’s meeting!

Oh Yoda, you are wise beyond your years… Thank you!!!”

Afterwards, when asked by Senior Leadership about what had occurred during his meeting, Yoda replied…

“No idea, I have. Strange creature talks in corporate riddles…”

About Michael Hahn:

Michael is a Motivational Speaker, World Champion Martial Artist, and Culture Geek who compares the challenges of your work to World Record Skydive attempts, Martial Arts World Championships and other “Moments of Truth” experiences… 

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