The Smallest Thing

“I’ll do that.”

This phrase is ever present in meetings and conversations, both at work and at home.

It’s a promise, a commitment, an investment in the relationship.

Whether the promise is made to show up on-time, finish a task, lead a team, or take on a new line of business, the commitment is made.

How simply it’s rationalized away. And with it the confidence in you once held by colleagues.

-It doesn’t matter you were 5 minutes late?

-It doesn’t matter the task fell by the wayside, re-prioritized the next week?

-It doesn’t matter your team fell apart, their talents and personalities were beyond help?

A few rules:

>Be careful with your word.

>Keep promises, great and small.

>Value your word so that others may as well.

“An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.” – Mae West

 

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