The truth about “Jump!… How High?”

There is a common misconception about the military that gets me riled to the bone because it misses the point entirely of what a person who is used to operating at a high level is about. The question assumes at its baseline, that Veterans are trying to not do their best.

Therefore, I pose a question. Which would you rather experience in your workplace?

  1. When you ask someone to do something, the individual responds: “Would you like 10% effort, 20% effort, or my maximal effort?  I am not sure I can do that.”
  2. When you ask someone to do something, the individual doesn’t ask about effort, they just give it their all, and ask for help when and if they need it.

I’ll assume you would rather have a co-worker, employee or boss who gives their all into the project/team/organization and asks for help when they do not know something, as opposed to someone who tries to figure out down to the minutiae how to do something and at what level of effort.

This ties directly into people assuming that since there are rules and regulations in the military, which are above and beyond civilian life, that it follows a Veteran, therefore, needs to be told what to do. The rules and regulations are there for when chaos strikes. There is no faster battlefield on the planet than being in combat. It makes no sense to assume, that during the middle of combat, or in business, someone is going to call a timeout and ask how much effort is required to complete this task, or say “wait, I gotta pump my sneakers”.

Which type of person would you like on your team? Wouldn’t you like to know how a person will respond under fire prior to adding that person to your team? Or how about when creating an internal team to adjust to market conditions? It is not as hard as one might think to get this answer, and more before they become a team member who stops the progress of the project because they need to know how much effort is going to be required.