Mondays are tough. On Facebook, it’s the day I see more inspirational memes that usually include coffee, sunrises and quotes about giving 100%. But, over the weekend, I was watching one of my favorite movies when I spotted two back-to-back inspirational variations that gave me pause.
The movie is “The Two Towers” from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In the Battle for Helm’s Deep, Aragorn is looking out at the enemy hoard and realizing the depth of the work ahead of them and what it will take from his polished and stylish army. He digs deep, and his pep talk (in elvish no less) is: “Show them no mercy, for you shall receive none.” It’s clear his stoic band of men and elves are behind him.
The next scene comes from the opponent side. Looking mean and serious, the orc hoard moves into place. Their leader, standing above the hoard with his sword raised, puts out an equally passionate plea: “AAAARRRGGGGGGHH!” he yells, and then looks around for agreement.
As a leader, it reminded me that your team is looking for inspiration and guidance. Whether they are the army or the hoard, the message needs to be one they understand, and we should be validating that buy-in. Otherwise, it just ends up being a Monday morning meme about coffee.
The exact scene occurs at 1:10 and is only 20 seconds long! It’s good for a Monday rev up. https://youtu.be/gXC-jJhFaUI (Sorry about the ad!) Aaaarrrrgggghhhhhh!
-Stacey Smith, PQC President & CEO