When I was in High School, there wasn’t Netflix, or Amazon Prime or even Cable TV the 5 miles outside of the nearest town in East-Central Illinois where I grew up. And this was the late ‘80s, so the options were limited to the 5 broadcast options we had: ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS and one independent station that showed all the new Fox shows like Simpsons and Star Trek: TNG (when Fox was still cool).
However one of the things my Dad and I used to watch on the weekends was WWF pro wrestling. Of course it’s acting, and it’s a hard life (you saw The Wrestler, right?), but it was classic entertainment—especially at the time. You had the good guys, and you had the bad guys, and then every few weeks, they’d switch sides for some crazy reason or other.
It was like watching a soap opera. It could’ve been called The Testosterone and the Wrestling instead of the Saturday Night Main Event.
Two of the personalities at the time were Hulk Hogan (he even had a Saturday morning cartoon!) and “Macho Man” Randy Savage. And they were the two biggest, baddest, most hyped and probably worth the most money of the lot.
And then, after trading the World Heavyweight Title back and forth a few times, they finally joined forces as the Mega Powers Tag-Team, combining The Hulkster’s “Hulkamania” with Macho Man’s “Macho Madness” to go after someone-or-other, no-good baddies of the season.
It was huge…HUGE…I tell ya!
And it was a partnership cemented by probably the longest, most painfully staged handshake in TV history.
“Yeeeaaaaahhhh….I don’t think I’m gonna come down for quite some time,” was the official reaction from The Macho Man.
But, all big hair, bimbos and bling aside…
…I think they were on to something.
And it’s something that I know from personal experience that made a huge difference when I followed the example of the Mega Powers. And I could almost feel the effectiveness of the swirling energy from The Squared Circle infuse the results I got from those particular stakeholder interviews.
And that “secret” is the “Tag Team”, baby! “Yeeeeeaaaaaahhhhh!”
It’s not rocket science. But, like so many things, it’s not done nearly as often as it should be. And hey, if it’s good enough for The Hulkster and the Macho Man…
…not to mention being mandated by the likes of high-end McKinsey consultants…
then maybe it’s something you should add to your arsenal—along with your 21” guns.
Because it’s just one small thing you can do to take the pressure off you facilitating the interview, and it gives you a second set of ears – not to mention 10 extra fingers – so that you can not only capture what’s being said, but stay aware and ready for the twists and turns the interview may take…
Because that’s generally where you get the good stuff…the important stuff…the stuff that’s going to make the difference between security being the trusted advisor and the Department of No.
The Mega Power, Tag-Team approach to stakeholder interviewing is just one of the things you’ll find in the upcoming September issue of the Security Sanity newsletter. But you’ll only get it if you subscribe before the issue goes to the printer at the end of the month.
To get yours, head on over to the amped-up, Mega-Power, Hulka-madness link right here:
Andrew S. Townley
Archistry Chief Executive