“If you want to change the team, first you have to change yourself,” I responded. “But, there is a price to pay.”
“Oh, I am willing to pay,” replied Ted. “And my company is willing to support me, to pay for training, whatever it takes.”
“Ted, the price you pay has nothing to do with the price of a seminar or a book on management. The price you pay has to do with you. The price you pay is in your commitment, your passion, your focus, your discipline. It is a high price. It is a price not many people are willing to pay. Most will pay for a seminar or a book, but few are willing to pay the real price.”
Ted took a deep breath. It was not a sigh, but an attempt to get some extra oxygen to his brain.
“You are telling me this is not going to be easy,” he finally replied.
“Oh, it’s easy to be a manager, and only slightly more difficult to be a mediocre manager. But, what I am talking about is more than being a good manager, it is a question of being a great manager. What price are you willing to pay?”