If you’ve ever played organized sports at any level, you would have experienced your coach telling you to “match the intensity level” of your opponent. If they played hard in the trenches, you would need to do the same. If they trashed talked after a play, you’d trash talk back showing you aren’t intimidated.
Physical displays of domineering fortitude are commonplace in the athletic field of play and often provide a physiological advantage against your adversaries.
The same can’t be said in the professional workplace or when engaging in entrepreneurship leadership.
Contrary to popular opinion, matching the intensity from a physical or vocal standpoint in the boardroom is more of a sign of insecurity than it is a display of strength.
Stirring you passions away from an emotional reaction, and into making a strategic impact should be the focus. A well developed strategy that highlights the disadvantages or weaknesses of other suggested options (fact based of course) is the best way to match the intensity of your professional opposition.
In other worlds, intensity in the the workplace is more about brains than brawn.