By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to build trust through long-term relationships. Reading time: 3:31
You’re a General leading in battle when you’re forced to surrender to a fever-maddening illness that threatens your life.
You are so sick that even your official physicians refuse to treat you, fearing they would be cited for negligence or even murder.
Compounding your predicament is a rumor that your rival is offering a reward to assassinate you.
Finally you solicit a doctor willing to treat you against the odds.
But then– just as you begin to take the medicine this doctor just prepared for you– you are presented an urgent note. The note says the medicine you are about to drink is poison. The note also warns that this doctor had been paid off by a rival General to assassinate you.
What do you do? You do what Alexander the Great did.
He scanned the note and immediately swallowed the medicine as cavalierly as if he were downing a drink in bar and while drinking handed the note to the doctor. The doctor also read the inflammatory note and hardly reacted to being called an ASSASSIN. He knew better.
And so did Alexander The Great, who would go on to conquer half the known world some 2,346 years ago.