I was watching a video called Rooftop Leadership with Scott Mann. Scott is a former Green Beret who fought in Afghanistan. Long story short, they would go into tribes that were under control of the Taliban and fight alongside villagers of the tribe. The only problem was that the villagers were in a state of shock that caused paralysis from the torment of the Taliban.
Scott and his team would go in and make 3 promises.
- If the villagers wanted them to leave they would leave.
- If they stayed it was going to get way worse before it got better.
- When the Taliban came to attack, Scott and his team were going to go up on the roofs and fight, whether the villagers did or not.
What happened, at first, was the Green Berets would go up on the roof by themselves and they would fight all night. Then, in the morning they would come down carrying their injured and sometimes dead comrades. This went on for days and weeks.
Then, something started to happen. One villager, then two, then many started to go up on the roof and fight. The villagers started to kick the Taliban’s ass with the help from the Green Berets. They were out of their paralysis. Fighting like their lives depended on it.
The reason I wanted to share this is because we had a similar experience, in theory, with our mortgage business. In Feb. 2018 we were forced to change companies and basically start from scratch. 21 of our employees looked at me and said…
They were in a state of shock. And, truthfully, I was too. Similar to the villagers in the story above.
However, I never stay paralyzed long.
The reason Scott’s story hit me is because I remember telling my team :
1. If you don’t want to be here you can leave.
2. It is going to get tougher before it gets better.
3. I will do the things myself that I am telling you needs to be done even if you don’t. We are going to make this work with or without you. I was approaching this like our lives depended on it.
I did this for weeks, then a month and slowly, but surely the team started buying into the culture and the required activities. We started seeing wins and celebrating them. Connections were made and a snowball effect took place. We started setting records month after month. We fought together.
I never realized until hearing Scott’s story, that rooftop leadership is what it took to get our village back.
By no means am I trying to diminish or disrespect what took place in Afghanistan by comparing our business to the war and the tough times that we had to the villagers or the Green Berets. It’s just that the parallels of the process really struck me and it works.
I want to also express my most sincere gratitude to all of those that have served, continue to serve, and those that gave it all to serve and protect our great country.
Had to share that with you because it was on my heart and I hope you got something out of it. I know I did.