Just thinking about that type of scene I've always laughed at the hypocrisy of that statement. When someone kills you, what could be more personal? While carrying out a "hit" on somebody may indeed be a business transaction (for the hit man) the end result ends up being extremely personal.
In the world of business we rarely deal with issues of life and death. No, our daily struggles are more mundane concerns about deadlines, deliverables, presentations, and the such. Yet, how many of us fall into the trap of believing that the things we do and the way we treat and interact with people is "just business"? If you've ever laid someone off or been laid off yourself, did you feel emotionally detached from the situation? Odds are that whatever side you were one, the experience felt very personal.
Consider something if you will. When you receive your paycheck, whether it comes as a paper form or simply an electronic deposit, do you believe that the "company" just paid you? Most people believe exactly that, but nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that every time you get paid it is because of several factors:
- A specific person set and approved your particular compensation
- Another person made sure that your information was correctly recorded into whatever payroll system your company uses
- Yet another individual took the responsibility to authorize ("sign") your check
- Someone made sure that your money was correctly delivered to you