The Power of Always: Making Commitments You Can Keep

November 13, 2012 — 9 Comments

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I will always brush my teeth before I go to bed.

That’s pretty easy.

I will always exercise at least 5 times a week.


I get stuck in the airport… my kid gets sick…there’s a hurricane…

A bit harder.

As leaders we have long lists of intentions.  We do our best to keep our commitments.


Identifying What’s Always Important

“You are what you do, not what you say you will do”

-C.J. Jung

Have you ever sat down and figured out what are you most important commitments?  Ones you are sure you can keep.  Simple, measurable… not intentions… commitments?  What are the specific actions you will do “no matter what.”

What commitments can you absolutely make to yourself?

Take a moment here… it’s harder than it seems.

Are you willing to write it down?

What could you commit to always do with your team?

Hold a weekly coaching session?

Always give honest feedback?



Take another moment… this gets even more tricky.

Are you confident enough in your ability to follow-through?

Are you willing to share the list with them tomorrow?

I’ve also done this as a team exercise…

What can we  always commit to do on every customer interaction?

  • A warm, energetic greeting?
  • A careful analysis of options?
  • …?
  • …?

It’s a useful exercise at many levels.

What are you most important always commitments?

Why are they important?

How can you make ensure they happen?

See Also:

How to Make Commitments

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9 responses to The Power of Always: Making Commitments You Can Keep

  1. I make a commitment to myself, and silently to the other person, that they’re going to do a great job. If you approach someone with any doubt, you’ve already compromised the relationship before you begin.

  2. I love the strength in developing non- negotiables with your team’s input. It gives them permission to say no. A powerfully useful word most people need to use more often.

  3. Steve, I really like that. I will use that one. Thanks!

  4. Eric, thanks. Thanks for adding that… Fully agree with you… The Power to say no makes all the difference.

  5. Great post. I think that making the commitment is something that leaders tend to overlook. As a leader, it’s definitely imperative to honor those commitments you make to yourself and to others. Thanks for sharing!

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